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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
+1 305-295-6616
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Small But Mighty!

Housed in the historic Customs House building, the Museum is a treasure. There are only two floors... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Princeton, NJ
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Must see if in Key West

Located in the old Custom House building, this is must see inside and outside. One gets a complete... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
+1 305-295-6616
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Housed in the historic Customs House building, the Museum is a treasure. There are only two floors of exhibits displaying local art and local history, but they are very well done. Currently, there is a wonderful exhibit depicting Hemingway's time in Key West as both...More

Thank TeamMan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the old Custom House building, this is must see inside and outside. One gets a complete understanding of the history of Key West including things like the Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway to Key West, Sinking of USS Maine in Havana, Cuba, Hurricane of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A slightly cool, very windy day caused us to consider indoor activities on a recent visit to Key West. We had done all the other sites in previous visits, but had never entered the Customs House Museum until that day. What a treat! The Hemingway,...More

1  Thank Cara O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Various displays recognising the culture and history of Key West.I very much enjoyed the well informed exhibition explaining the construction of the Miami to KeyWest railroad which was eventually destroyed by a hurricane in 1935. Other exhibits focused on the life of Hemingway and his...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Key West several times and have “done” most of the touristy things (Hemingway’s House, Truman’s Little White House, Mallory Square, the Lighthouse...) but had somehow missed this. It’s a compact slice of Key West History, with rotating special exhibits, and standing ones...More

Thank OldDrone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a small museum in a small town, this really hits a home run. The changing galleries on the first floor consistently show well-curated and exciting art, with a big hit of Key West history. The Hemingway exhibit going up the stairs is beautifully done...More

Thank JoAnn H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. The Hemingway exhibit was wonderful but my personal fave was Tenessee Williams exhibit. The 1935 hurricane exhibit and Flagler exhibit were also interesting. Loved the front statue!

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

This museum offers one of the best overviews of the history of Key West. I was particularly taken with the exhibit on the overseas railroad. The building itself it a piece of art and right now it has the famous larger than life Save The...More

Thank 123Lovetotravel360
Reviewed December 13, 2017

Housed in the old Customs building, a magnificent structure that reflects the late-19th century prosperity of Key West. The museum inside contains several well-executed exhibits on the development and history of the Keys, with emphasis on the 19th and early 20th century. One exhibit features...More

2  Thank wyzefool
Reviewed December 6, 2017

The sections dealing with Flagler's efforts to bring the railroad down to Key West, were very interesting. Sections on the Civil War and the Battleship Maine were also well presented.

Thank MWG12
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March 1, 2017|
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Response from norby49 | Reviewed this property |
It was $9 for senior, $10 otherwise
December 27, 2016|
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Response from Jill L | Reviewed this property |
All three museums are open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas) from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.
Kathy S
November 1, 2016|
Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Yes! You'll be thoroughly immersed in the Old Man and the Sea vis a vis the pen and ink drawings that line the walls of the interior staircase. A room or two is dedicated to his time there, too. Enjoy!