Key West Museum & Attractions
From fun family attractions and interesting museums to exciting tours and fascinating historic landmarks, your visit to Key West is sure to be interesting and fun. Visit some of these top attractions and museums for a weekend or vacation filled with excitement in lively Key West.
Harry Truman Little White House
Step back in time and into former president Truman's era at Key West's Little White House. As Florida's only presidential museum, the house is furnished with furniture from the time period that Truman used the house during his presidency. The American Winter White House was actually used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter. Located at 111 Front Street, inside the Truman Annex
Key West Shipwreck Museum
With the sea comes ships, and with ships come shipwrecks! At the Key West Shipwreck Museum you can learn about the perils of the of high sea from vivid storytellers in period costume that really bring history to life through reenactment ,films and actual artifacts from the 1985 rediscovery of the Isaac Allerton. This ship sank in 1856 on a Florida Keys reef.! Located at 1 Whitehead Street.
Hemingway Home & Museum
Home of Ernest Hemingway, where he wrote and lived for more than 10 years. The house was built in 1851. Built in 1937-1938, at a then staggering cost of $20,000, the pool on the gournds was the first in-ground pool in Key West and the only pool within 100 miles. The house is home to 50-60 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. All are descendents of Hemingway's cat - Snowball. Located at 907 Whitehead Street.
Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum
If you're in search of the best view of Key West, the Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum has everything you're looking for.The tower and nearby Keeper's Quarters have been faithfully restored and maintained as they were before the lighthouse was deactivated in 1969.This light station was built after the hurricane of 1846 destroyed the original 1825 tower on the coast. It is the 15th oldest surviving lighthouse in the country. The 88-step circular iron stairway leading to the lighthouse deck from which much of Key West and the nearby ocean is visible. Located at 938 Whitehead Street.
Mallory Square and Sunset Celebration
Center of Key West's historic waterfront. Sunset Celebration is a nightly arts festival with arts and crafts, street performers, food carts and psychics. The festivities start about 2 hours before the sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your camera and watch for the Green Flash!
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
In 1922, Sister M. Louis Gabriel and her fellow nuns created this grotto. On the day that the shrine was dedicated, Sister Gabriel blessed the grotto saying "For as long as this grotto stands this island will never suffer the full force of a hurricane. When hurricanes threaten, Key West residents head to the grotto to pray and light candles. Sister Gabriel's blessing still seems to be working. Since the dedication of the shrine, Key West has been spared any major hurricane devastation.
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
The 1910 building houses an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie, Nuestra Señora de Atocha. The artifacts from the Atoca and Margarita are the cornerstones for the collection; including gold coins, a chalice, and canons. Located at 200 Greene Street.
Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House
Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House is a rich center of Key West and U.S. History. See folk artist Mario Sanchez's colorful wood paintings of old Key West. Stand in the very room where the U.S. decided to go to war with Spain, following the sinking of the battleship USS Maine. Learn about Ernest Hemingway's life in Key West, where he wrote many of his most famous novels. See his bloodstained WWI uniform and other personal items that created his legendary status as an adventurer and writer. Located at 281 Front Street at the corner of Greene Street.
Fort East Martello Musuem
The East Martello Museum is home to a vast collection of Key West's artifacts, historical records, and military memorabilia. History, architecture, local scandals and legends are what you have to look forward to during your tour of the grounds. The view from atop the central tower also affords visitors a spectacular panorama of the Atlantic coast of Key West.
Conch Train Tour
All aboard the Conch Train for a fun ride on one of Florida's most popular attractions. You'll enjoy a 90-minute journey through time, learning about Key West legends such as Ernest Hemingway and little known facts about the tropical paradise known as Key West.
The Curry Mansion
Once home to William Curry, a penniless Bahamian immigrant who made his fortune as a salvager and became Key West's first millionaire, this historic 1869 mansion is where Florida's famous Key Lime Pie was first created.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Hop on for a fun ride through historic Key West and enjoy a tour narrated by friendly conductors who offer a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories, as well as colorful anecdotes and well-research historical facts. The trolley tour is also designed so that you can hop on and off and explore on your own; your ticket is valid for all day, so you can tour at your own pace.
Key West Cemetery
Located in the "dead" center of Old Town, Key West's historic 1847 cemetery is the perfect place to stroll through history and learn about Key West's quirky character: While you're there, be sure to look for hilarious inscriptions, including "I Told You I was Sick," "Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias" and more.
The Southernmost Point in the Continental US
Resembling a giant buoy, encircled in black, yellow and red stripes, sits the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA. Visitors love to snap shots of each other in front of this infamous monument, located only 90 miles from Cuba.