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“Wonderful Audubon House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Ranked #21 of 161 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen.
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“Wonderful Audubon House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

While on a recent cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, we visited the Audubon House in Key West. It was absolutely delightful and so lovely to see all the antiques and the excellent restoration. It's right in the middle of town . . . we went on our own & not through any excursion offered by the cruise ship. It is well worth the money and time to see it.

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Audubon House”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was a "self" tour so you didn't get much history for the price you pay. If it was a guided tour, it may be worth it. Glad we got here, but the Audubon House needs to "beef up" their tour.

Visited November 2012
Thank Dot7039
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Akron, Ohio
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“Awesome gift shop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Really cool items in the gift shop! We found items there that were
not available elsewhere. Worth a stop :-)

Visited October 2012
Thank ohiosmiles
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Hamburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“pretty gardens and house”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Small house and garden in the center of Key West. Very pretty gardens surrounding the house.
Lovely Audubon sketches of native Florida birds, and period furnishings in the house. Not spectacular but worth the admission price.

Visited October 2012
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“Very Pretty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The gardens are beautiful and very tranquil. The house is nice, and in stages of restoration. It is a myth-buster.

Visited October 2012
Thank Trippin26
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