We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Interesting bit of history”

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
Ranked #24 of 175 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Beaufort, NC
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Interesting bit of history”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stopped by this museum recently and enjoyed learning about Audubon's time in the Keys, including a gallery of his bird etchings located on the third floor of the well-preserved old house. The garden was also a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Duval Street. One thing that seemed remarkable to me: over about 100 years until the 1950's, the house was handed down in Capt. Geiger's family to successively less wealthy generations until it was in such a state of disrepair that it was almost sold, demolished, and replaced by a gas station! It wasn't until it was saved for historic preservation in the late 1950's that the 2-hole outhouse was replaced and indoor plumbing was installed. The $12 cost of admission seems a bit pricey, but we thought it was worth it based on our experience, as well as comparing it to other less interesting Key West landmarks or museums.

Visited February 2013
Thank bobhardync
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

516 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Birder paradise”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Toured the Audubon House and tropical gardens. House was home of Geiger family, one of the early "wreckers" of the Keys. Interesting period furnishings. Large collection of Audubon prints. Lovely tranquil garden. Worth the money. Agree with other reviewers that the presentation was short but docent answered all of our questions.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank NewboldBroad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rocheport, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Must see if you're into Audubon or just painted birds”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nice collection of prints throughout house, particularly upstairs and copies in gift shop. Guide had interesting tidbits, tailored prezo to audience (with one or four people, it's easier). Gardens nice and that's all Audubon saw; house wasn't even there. Worth the price.

Visited January 2013
Thank TJfan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sacramento, California
Level 6 Contributor
221 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“quiet and beautiful”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is a beautiful old home in a location where Audubon worked while in Key West. I was surprised to learn he didn't actually live here. The tour guides are very friendly and after a short description of the home and audubon they leave you on your own to do as you please. This place was almost empty, so different from the crowded Hemingway house. It's a nice place to see tropical gardens and enjoy the architecture and some first edition Audubon prints. The gift shop (not part of the tour) had some interesting items that were different from the standard Key West souvenirs. It is very centrally located by the Fisher Museum and not far from Mallory Square

Visited January 2013
Thank 52cali
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Informative & peaceful. Tour a little overpriced.”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Audubon House had beautiful grounds and wonderful examples of Audubon's works. However it is a little misleading, because he spent such a short time in Key West and this wasn't really his house. So, unless you are an absolute Audubon fanatic, you may be disappointed with the tour. The staff was pleasant, but the tour amounts to little more than a brief summary of Audubon's very brief (but very productive) time in the Keys and then the chance to wander the house and grounds with a little background info. Skip the tour and save the money to buy something cool in the gift shop. Despite the meager tour it was still a very good experience.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Dustin Y
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Audubon House & Tropical Gardens also viewed

Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys

Been to Audubon House & Tropical Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing