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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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Address: 281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
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Re-live KW history

This is a beautiful building and it is easy to imagine all the goods coming in and out of it, people in their offices registering cargoes! Meanwhile the exhibits of both art and... read more

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Boulder Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful building and it is easy to imagine all the goods coming in and out of it, people in their offices registering cargoes! Meanwhile the exhibits of both art and history are informative and quick, meaning that you can learn a lot without having to stand for hours reading small cards. HIghly recommend it.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent museum. When we went, they had the art of Mario Santiago in addition to excellent exhibits on the fascinating general history of Key West and of Hemingway. Definitely worth visiting for all that and the beautiful architecture

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After walking past the Customs House several times and photographing the outdoor art, we decided to add it to our "Morning of Museums" in the Keys. We did not regret it! There was an exhibit by Guy Harvey which illustrated Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea that was wonderful. Other exhibits included the story of Key West and the Navy,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited the Custom House Museum on the recommendation of the hotel staff & it was terrific! From historical exhibits concerning the sinking of the Maine & the Spanish-American War to fascinating exhibits about Hemingway and about the building of the railroad to Key West, the museum is well laid-out and full of interesting information about Key West and its... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take your time, take plenty of pictures. Watch put for chickens, theyre everywhere! The most southern point is very crowded for pictures, make sure you give yourself plenty of time in the town! Dont forget the lighthouse, the climb up he stairs is worth the view!

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After having walked by the Custom House a few times previous days, we were lured in by the beautiful architectural building and its sculptures outside. Glad we were, as the inside is just as fascinating. it has many rooms and three levels of art work and displays on the Navy in Key West, the story of the railroad, hurricanes, Hemingway,... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This year features the anniversary of the U.S. Navy (through December 2017). Very interesting story of Key West history, and the history of the Navy there also. Also interesting stories and historic photos, as well as some short videos. You can spend hours here (as we did), or as many as you can spare. Shop here also. (can be accessed... More 

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estes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Custom House provides you with a fascinating overview of Key West over it's long interesting history ..Hurricanes, railroads ,Hemingway.. it has it all. Key West is more than bars and t-shirts !

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I wandered in to this museum one afternoon and were amazed by all it had to offer. We there an hour and a half and could have stayed longer. So many different exhibits. I liked the art which was fascinating, done by artists with a local connection. There are also interesting exhibits on Flagler and the railroad,... More 

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're interested in Key West history, the Navy, or Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea," you shouldn't miss this. There is a lot of U.S. Navy history (I found the part about the importance of Key West as a Union naval outpost during the Civil War quite fascinating). There are also illustrations by a local artist showing scenes from... More 

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