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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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Definitely worth a visit

We love to explore museums of local history, so a couple of hours spent here was definitely worth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Venice, Florida
Interesting to say the least

You can’t miss this red brick building! It’s more the noticeable since it’s bigger then most... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
+1 305-295-6616
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We love to explore museums of local history, so a couple of hours spent here was definitely worth our time. We loved the life sized outdoor sculptures, and also the narrative tribute to the drawings of Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." the narrative...More

Thank EllenB614
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can’t miss this red brick building! It’s more the noticeable since it’s bigger then most houses/buildings in Key West. Very interesting displays, we particularly liked the “Henry Flagler” railroad epic, what an undertaking, building a railroad across the Florida Keys.

Thank hansulricha
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place was a nice quiet place to get a little history and get out of the sun. We learned a little about Key West and saw a lot of interesting exhibits.

Thank ssieving30
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to learn a lot about Key West and its history, you so need to go to this museum. It was amazing and loved all the history and learned a lot.

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this place but we’re glad we did. Particularly the railroad presentation was interesting and extremely well presented. The lady at the front desk was very polite. It’s a beautiful building as well.

Thank shan262
Reviewed September 22, 2018

The Custom House is close to Mallory Square and where the Cruise Ships come in and the building itself has a great history. Be sure to go in to see the art collections and history displays they also have a nice museum shop with some...More

Thank Gator58
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Walker Evans was on assignment in Cuba to document the horrors of the Dictator Machado regime in the 1930s. This is an exhibit that one could see in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum. Walker Evans was befriended by Ernest Hemingway in Havana and...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We ducked in here for a sec to take in some a/c. This was the best find all week!! From original art of Guy Harvey to many exhibits about the Keys and the people who made it the great place it is today, this place...More

Thank FloridaLife87
Reviewed August 17, 2018

This museum is located in the historic Custom House of Key West. There are some very interesting pieces of artwork and history to view. There was a wonderful Hemingway "Old Man and the Sea" exhibit along the stairways of the house with artwork done by...More

Thank Celena B
Reviewed August 10, 2018

We have visited with 3 teenage kids. It is a easy and enjoyable palace to browse and learn some fun facts about Key West and it’s significant characters. Great collection and a perfect location.

Thank Lisa K
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March 1, 2017|
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Response from Jill L | Reviewed this property |
$10 general admission
December 27, 2016|
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Response from Jill L | Reviewed this property |
All three museums are open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas) from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.
November 1, 2016|
Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Yes! You'll be thoroughly immersed in the Old Man and the Sea vis a vis the pen and ink drawings that line the walls of the interior staircase. A room or two is dedicated to his time there, too. Enjoy!