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Hemingway Home and Museum

  • 907 Whitehead Street
  • 305-294-1136

Hemingway Home and Museum – Explore the tranquil environment where one of America’s foremost authors and Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway, penned many of his most notable works. Visit the descendants of his legendary cats. Step back in time with a guided tour of the home and gardens. The Hemingway Home can be your venue…

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Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn

  • 511 Caroline Street
  • 305-294-5349

Homesteaded in 1855, the original house was built in 1869, modernized in 1899, refurbished mid-century, abandoned in 1971 and restored to its original grandeur in 1975. It can also boast home to Florida’s first millionaire, William Curry and the birthplace of the World Famous Key Lime Pie. The Widow’s Walk atop the house provides a…

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

  • 108 Duval Street
  • 305-293-9939

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – The strangest place in Key West! An interactive exhibit of the odd, bizarre, and unusual. Featuring over 550 exhibits in 10,000 square feet of air conditioned comfort. As seen on TV. Your self-guided tour will take you through 15 themed galleries containing some of the most unusual objects,…

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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

  • 1 Whitehead Street in Mallory Square
  • 305-292-8990

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum – Step back to Key West of 1851 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors, artifacts, and a 65′ lookout tower make the experience one of a kind. Guests will enjoy a video presentation about…

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Key West Art & Historical Society

  • 281 Front Street
  • 305-295-6616

The mission of the Key West Art & Historical Society is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public. The Society operates three museums: the Custom House Museum, the Fort East Martello Museum, and the Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

  • 200 Greene Street
  • 305-294-2633

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is the only fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. That means we’re more than just an exciting adventure story. We’re also a nationally recognized research institution. Yes, we have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew, and we have…

Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit

  • 513 Truman Avenue
  • 305-842-1666

Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit – To keep the legacy alive of one of the greatest American writers and former Key West resident, this permanent exhibit offers visitors an entertaining and informative self-guided tour. Included for viewing is the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available to the public. It includes an extensive collection of photographs, first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos,and a typewriter used by the author while writing in Key West.

Open daily 10-5. Admission free; donations requested.

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

A visit to Audubon House and Tropical Gardens is a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and master wrecker in mid-19th century Key West. The grand home that is now known as Audubon House was built by Captain John Huling Geiger in the 1840s as a residence for his family,…

Harry S Truman Little White House

The Harry S Truman Little White House is one of Florida’s greatest historic treasures. The home was used as the White House of the United States during the Truman administration. Step back in time to experience the house as it was redecorated for President Truman in 1949. Most of the furnishings are original and used…

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

  • 1316 Duval Street
  • 305-296-2988

The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory has been voted by The People’s Choice Awards the #1 Attraction in Key West for the past four years in a row. It is home to hundreds of butterflies and exotic colorful birds from around the world. The Conservatory is truly a magical experience filled with lush tropical…

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

  • 5210 College Road,
  • 305-296-1504

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States, a tropical environment with ample rain that allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found within the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet. This garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. For instance, the forest has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for neo-tropical birds from places as far as South America, as well as being home to many rare birds of the Florida Keys. Enjoy this one of a kind U.S. tropical forest and garden filled with butterflies, birds, plants, and seasonal beautiful flowers. Your visit begins with a smiling greeter at our education center and an introductory video. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 11 self-guided tours which includes 2 wetland habitats and 2 butterfly gardens. The lush courtyard has a waterfall with tropical plants and below turtles swim to greet our guests. Meander through the 1 1/2 acre butterfly habitat in the historical garden and the new Blue Butterfly Habitat with over 38 species identified! Stroll through a lush canopy of tropical palms and trees. Discover a hidden pond and maybe get lucky enough to see a rare resident white crowned pigeon or bald eagle! Enjoy the garden and learn via self-guided tours, tour guide, cell phone tours and the garden is a Wi-Fi hot-spot. Rediscover your sense of exploration and adventure. A gift shop, restrooms, refreshments, and a picnic pavilion are available. This garden is a great family venue for the beginning naturalist to the academic. Summer program options for children and Private Tours available upon request.

Our Site: www.kwbgs.org

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Key West Aquarium

  • 1 Whitehead Street in Mallory Square
  • 305-296-2051

Key West Aquarium – Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934. Open for business during the Great Depression, the Aquarium was Key West’s first attraction. The Aquarium was built between 1932 and 1934, and was a major part of Key West’s attempt to…

The Studios of Key West

  • 533 Eaton Street
  • 305-296-0458

The Studios of Key West is a professional non-profit cultural organization celebrating its tenth year as a multidisciplinary presenter, arts center, artist residency provider, and maintains long-term studio spaces dedicated to Florida Keys artists. Through classes, performances, lectures, gallery exhibits, partnership projects, and special events, The Studios unites Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and world-renowned artists with local audiences and art practitioners at all stages of their creative careers.

Admission to our galleries and campus is always free of charge. As a non-profit, community organization, we offer discounted fees for classes, performances and events to members of The Studios. If you are interested in the benefits of membership visit our website today!

The Studios was founded with the vision of bringing world class artists to the island, connecting them with local audiences and artists, and offering space for both to explore their creativity. Every month hundreds of people visit The Studios to take in new experiences and catch up with old friends at our workshops, exhibitions, studios, performances and more!

Workshops are our largest program, serving over 1,000 people each season, with more than 50 distinct classes in a range of media for artists from beginners to professionals. Our instructors include year-round, local artists and artists visiting from across the globe, either as one of The Studios’ Artists-in-Residence or just to teach what they know.

The Studios has exhibition space over three floors. Our first floor has a large gallery space and a smaller project gallery. The third floor space is dedicated to the XOJ Gallery and offers plenty of space for exhibitions. The second floor’s lobby provides additional exhibition space, when we’re full to the brim with artist’s work. With each season we strive to balance established and emerging artists, both local and from out of town.

Studios are offered to both those in our Artist-In-Residence program, which draws about 36 artists annually to Key West from across the country and overseas, and local artists who can rent a work space year-round and benefit from being at the heart of Key West’s cultural scene.

Performances in our rollicking concert series feature roots-oriented music from folk and blues to world music and jazz. Cutting edge performances at The Studios include dance, performance art, small-scale theatrical productions and burlesque and circus arts.

Community Engagement has long been something we’ve embraced. Our goal of breaking down barriers in the arts and being an integrated part of Key West life are central to our community programs. These engagements focus on youth education programs in out-of-school settings, presented in collaboration with other institutional partners. We’ve recently expanded upon initiatives including a Spring Break art camp at the Douglass Center in Bahama Village, and a summer ArtCamp in collaboration with the Key West Art & Historical Society.

Red Barn Theatre

Destination Hyatt magazine says “You’ll find Broadway-caliber theatre at the Red Barn Theatre” in its January 2012 issue and the Insiders Guide calls the Red Barn Theatre “professional theatre at its finest.” To view the entire season and to purchase tickets, visit www.redbarntheatre.com. The Red Barn Theatre has become a cultural cornerstone for the Key…

Waterfront Playhouse

Named the Best Professional Theater by Florida Monthly Magazine, The Waterfront Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theater located in the heart of Key West’s historic Mallory Square. Considered one of the crown jewels of the island’s rich cultural scene, the Playhouse draws locals and tourists with a wide range of theatrical fare to its intimate…

Key West Golf Club

  • 6450 E. College Road
  • 305-294-5232

Key West Golf Club Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed the Key West Golf Course, an 18 hole, 6,500 yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities. Come meet all the exciting challenges of the Key West Golf Course, including the infamous “Mangrove Hole” (143 yards, par 3 that is played completely…