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“A global attraction”

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
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$76.50*
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Day Trip to Key West from Miami
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$64.00*
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Day Excursion to Key West From Miami
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$68.98*
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Ranked #4 of 177 things to do in Key West
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. The Museum is available for weddings and corporate events. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for it's importance in U.S. History. Grand Architecture, Lush Gardens, Educational Tours, Book Store/Gift Shop and the world famous Poly dactyl (six-toed cats).
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“A global attraction”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

You and the rest of the world want to visit the home and studio where Hemingway wrote the majority of his works, and where the descendants of his six-toed cats reign supreme -- you can pet them and photograph them, but don't pick them up! We visited during high season, but now that Key West is a regular cruise ship stop, probably every day is busy. Arrive early and don't be too put off if the line is down the block --if it's around the corner, then you will have a substantial wait. We waited about 15-20 minutes in line to pay at entry, then were greeted by a friendly guide who handed my Russian companion the basic tour text in Russian. Seems like they have most major languages covered, and to me it seemed there were more non-English than English speakers amongst the tourists, Hemingway being something of a cutural-political superstar in many countries besides the US. A group tour is included in the entry price, and it's a good introduction. These tours include about as many people in each tour group as can fit in a room, so on a warm day, it's... warm, a little stuffy. The guide advised us that we could/should come back and visit the rooms and grounds after her introduction, which we did at our leisure -- just a little tricky at times to negotiate the narrow stairs when other tour groups are moving about. The grounds are large enough that you can stroll and relax and find a bit of respite from the Hemingway crowds and the general Key West scene. Visit the cat cemetery, for sure.

Visited December 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your excellent review!
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Still very lively”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Looks as if the famous writer was still in. ... May be because of the cats !!! I also like the very simple ambiance ...nothing like a museum and the book shop is just as a bookshop down in Chelsea

Visited December 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Thank you very much Paris, France for your excellent review!!! Happy New Year!
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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“OH the cats”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by all the beautiful six toed cats at the Hemingway home. It's so interesting to look into what this great man was like in his own home. We asked and at the time they have 45 cats on the property, and as cat lovers it was a treat.

Visited December 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
THANK YOU very much Green Bay, Wisconsin for your 5-star review!!! Happy New Year!
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Must see for Hemingway fans!”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

I read Hemingway when I was a teenager (in the glorious 80's!) and since then, always dreamed about visiting Key West, and Hemingway's house.
The House is very nice, simple and tasteful, and, the cats really have 6 toes!
It is a beautiful and calm oasis, it has a beautiful garden. Really a nice stop to visits and relax, if you're strolling around Key West. The ticket to visit the house is very reasonable priced.
Don't miss it!

Visited August 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
THANK YOU very much Montevideo, Uruguay for your 5-star review!!! We are glad you visited and enjoyed your trip here. Happy New Year!
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“not to be missed”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

key west without hemingway?? its amusing to see how these guys
celebrated their life.only 1 word to say LUCKY.

Visited December 2013
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THANK YOU very much for your 5-star review!!! Happy New Year!
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