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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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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“period pieces” (12 reviews)
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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learn about the original owners of the home. Interesting period artifacts. Beautiful Audubon artworks displayed and available for purchase in the gift shop. The gardens were well kept. We visited after hurricane Irma and the place was relatively unscathed. It is a short walk from...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place full of history and we actually had friends take the Ghost Tour here one night a few years ago in the evening and they caught a silhouette of Captain Geiger on the balcony of the front of the house. I...More

Thank adrianwalker51
Reviewed 26 August 2017

nicely, well maintained place. located in the tourist district. bring your camera- you won't be disapointed

Thank jlantern3
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review! We hope you had a great trip and look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 25 August 2017

The Audubon House was #2 on my must visit list for my first trip to Key West and it did not disappoint! The lithographs are even more amazing in person than I could have imagined, and the house was restored to such beautiful condition- thank...More

Thank Janette Z
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Janette! There truly is something for everyone on our tour from the house and gardens to the antiques and artwork. We are glad that you enjoyed and appreciate you taking the time to leave a wonderful review! Please come back and visit Key...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

Dennison got us started on the tour but most of the house was done on a self-tour, which I prefer as it is fun to poke around at one's leisure. The House was actually the Geiger house but Audubon was invited to Key West to...More

Thank Janlett
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What a lovely review! Thank you so much! We do have many weddings and receptions in our gardens and it makes everyone proud that we can provide a lovely backdrop for any couple's special day. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such a...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Make certain to spend some time in the art gallery with limited addition reprints of Audubon's!! Take a stroll in the garden and learn of Audubon's impact on the discovery and naming of native birds of the Florida Keys... Spectacular!!! :)More

Thank Susan L
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your five star review! And yes, in addition to the museum and gardens, our gallery offers a great glimpse into history with Audubon originals and reproductions for sale! We hope you had a safe journey home and look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Nearly two hundred years of history fill this tour. From Audubon and his bird journeys to Captain Geiger and the restoration in the '60s, you will learn about life in Key West. Side note: Thank goodness for hoarding disorder, because all of the artifacts would...More

Thank Paul_Garneau
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed all aspects of the tour! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful and detailed review and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I came across this property on our way to the southernmost point. It looked so charming and inviting that we paid a visit and we were so glad we did. It is a beautiful example of a 19th century Key West home...More

Thank Wendy F
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the excellent review! We are happy you enjoyed your visit and are glad you stumbled upon us! We hope you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 1 August 2017

you enter the property through the gift shop, where you can purchased tickets & various souvenirs/artwork. whether you are a lover of art, history, art history, birds or botanicals, this is a place to see. Upon purchasing your ticket you exit the gift shop and...More

Thank lcdemar
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for leaving a great review! We love when people enjoy the house, gardens, Audubon work AND gift shop and gallery! We appreciate you taking the time to mention us and hope you had a great trip!

Reviewed 30 July 2017

lots of history, & original furniture, & relics here. a very nice tour w/ informed guides. original colored pencil nature, & avian drawings. nicely refurbished, and maintained. a must see for audubon lovers, & members. educational for all, kids will love it if they are...More

Thank gwennc728
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for appreciating both aspects of the original Key West wrecker history as well as the Audubon connection! We hope you had a lovely vacation and hope to see you back!

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Thomas L
9 February 2017|
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Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Street parking only as the house is in a residential area.
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PeteZ2112
8 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
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LarrySeaman
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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.
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