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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
+1 305-294-2116
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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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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
+1 305-294-2116
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I wanted to write concerning a purchase that was made some time ago at the Audubon Museum Gallery back in 2005. We were on a cruise with friends and loved the museum and decided to visit the Gallery. An original Audubon American Flamingo was there...More

Thank TAH40
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got up early and to here before the cruise ship people made it to this end of town. I've toured here many times. Its the best place to see in Key West. The tour guides are excellent, friendly, love to get questions and excellent...More

2  Thank MalvernGuy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did know much about Audubon but what I thought I knew was set askew by my education on this visit. The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. But, if you don't have an interest in Audubon or the original owners of the house....there wasn't...More

1  Thank PrincessFang
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate you taking the time to review the house and grounds and glad that you found some surprises along the way. We like to say, there is a little something for all here, whether it's architecture, antiques, Audubon, gardens or ghosts! Thank you and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the house itself is not directly associated with Audubon, it does house a collection of his work. It is an impressive Victorian era house that shows you what early life on the island was like. An interesting place, and if you have the time,...More

1  Thank Michael F
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review, Michael! Yes, our history regarding Audubon is a bit confusing but his connection to the gardens is what they based their commemoration on and it was a lovely reason to restore the home. We hope you had a great...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of all the times we have been to Key West this was our first visit to Audubon House. The grounds are beautiful with lush tropical gardens. The house is very interesting and full of history. The gift shop is also very nice with lots of...More

2  Thank ckckckckckck
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Yay! We are happy you finally made it through our doors! Thank you for the excellent review and we hope you make us a regular stop on your next Key West trips!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Restored historic house and tended garden. The guide was Ray. He was well-informed and not just rehashing some script. The house is more than meets the eye. The restoration has a story. The Audubon prints are great to see. The garden, on a single acre...More

2  Thank Rona F
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! It's interesting how the garden can seem so serene and then you can walk right back out into the hustle and bustle of such a busy area! And we appreciate the compliment for Ray, he is definitely one of our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The garden is very peaceful and well labeled, apparently being used to preserve some rare species of palms. There are many quiet outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy this oasis in the middle of Key West. The restoration of the house from derelict to lovely...More

1  Thank Pauline W
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our garden is lovely, isn't it? We're especially glad to hear that after riding out "Irmageddon"! Thank you for the great review and we hope you had a great trip!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is remarkably well restored. The history is fascinating-gardens beautiful. The DVD player is a little difficult to use/ But the history presentation by a relative that visited the house was interesting.More

1  Thank 161joanl
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the excellent review! We are happy to see you enjoyed the house and gardens, and are sorry about the video being a bit of a challenge (when it comes to electrical or technology issues in the house, we like to blame our...More

Reviewed 20 November 2017

I'm not a fan of Audubon or his works, so I was skeptical. But the history behind this house is very interesting, and the antique artifacts displayed made for an enjoyable time. Yeah, if you are into historical visits, go ahead and include this one.More

1  Thank Brian B
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are happy we won you over with the property, even though Audubon wasn't of real interest to you. There is quite a bit to enjoy and it is a great example of what life was like for a wealthy "wrecking" family in mid- nineteenth...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017

LOVE this quaint little place. Perfect for a small wedding. Great location, pretty gardens and full of old charm

Thank Lenyce B
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aw! We love our veteran couples! :) Thank you for leaving an excellent review! Weddings and receptions are the best part of working on this property and we feel blessed to be included in such special days. Come back and visit us soon!

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Thomas L
8 February 2017|
Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Street parking only as the house is in a residential area.
7 February 2017|
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Response from ctgama | Reviewed this property |
Hi Valerie! I'm so excited for you. This was my first trip to Key West and I loved every minute. There are so many things to do. Most are walking distance which shouldn't be a problem if you are used to NYC walking. Remember... More
12 July 2015|
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Response from AudubonHouse | Property representative |
Our admission rate is $12.00 for adults, $7.50 for students and $5.00 for children. Admission is free for children 6 and under.