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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
+1 305-295-6616
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If you don't go to any other museum in Key West visit this one.

This museum offers one of the best overviews of the history of Key West. I was particularly taken... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Orlando, Florida
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Handsome Building, Great Small Museum

Housed in the old Customs building, a magnificent structure that reflects the late-19th century... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
No. Virginia
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281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This museum offers one of the best overviews of the history of Key West. I was particularly taken with the exhibit on the overseas railroad. The building itself it a piece of art and right now it has the famous larger than life Save The...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Housed in the old Customs building, a magnificent structure that reflects the late-19th century prosperity of Key West. The museum inside contains several well-executed exhibits on the development and history of the Keys, with emphasis on the 19th and early 20th century. One exhibit features...More

2  Thank wyzefool
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The sections dealing with Flagler's efforts to bring the railroad down to Key West, were very interesting. Sections on the Civil War and the Battleship Maine were also well presented.

Thank MWG12
Reviewed 22 November 2017

There are many places to go in Key West and many are quite good but they are spread out and not always an easy walk. If you only have one day or part of one day, this museum has a little bit of Hemmingway, Naval...More

Thank dlsmissionary
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

As many times as I have been to Key West I have never been inside until this year. We were not disappointed with what we found. The Key West and Naval history parts were very interesting. The USS Maine and Flagler exhibit was very well...More

Thank jbgator22
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Great historical old building. The exhibits inside were nicely done. Even if you aren't into art, they made it interesting.

Thank Thedevelopingimage
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Only a few watercolors from the WPA era but they are stunning. History about the train and the navy in Key West.

Thank Roz R
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Vety attractive structure from the outside- will certainly gets one's attention. Nice statues and images surround the place= very photo worthy. Easy yo find

Thank jlantern3
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Very interesting with exhibits on the role of the navy in Key West, the U.S.S. Maine and Spanish - American war, Henry Flagler and the railroad, and the construction of the highway. Great presentation of the history of the area.

Thank mroadking
Reviewed 1 August 2017

The Custom House was built in 1891 and was a major part of the Mallory seaport at Key West. As a federal building, it housed Key West's custom house, district courts and post office. In 1898, the Custom House became the site of the inquiry...More

2  Thank Allen21096
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1 March 2017|
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Response from norby49 | Reviewed this property |
It was $9 for senior, $10 otherwise
27 December 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.
Kathy S
1 November 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!