Speciality Museums in Key West

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Speciality Museums in Key West

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  • jesse.lodge
    Charlotte, NC706 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was actually one of the surprising highlights of my Key West vacation. If you have read any of Hemmingway’s books you will appreciate the history here since he wrote ~70% of his novels while living here; and even if you haven’t read his work you will enjoy learning the history of both the house and Hemmingway himself. This is definitely something anyone visiting Key West should do if they have time!!!
    Written 16 July 2024
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  • Robert L
    Amherst, MA1,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Right in the middle of Key West tourist attractions is this commercialized museum.
    The greeter at the top of the stairs had several interesting stories about the "wrecking" culture. In the heyday, there was 1 wreck weekly to be salvaged.
    Walk to the top of the lookout.
    Recommended ever if it's corny.
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • Nomad
    Lakewood Ranch, FL253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cozy dimly-lit nest that is chock-full of dusty historical nautical treasures. Fascinating aspects of how Key West got its start as a pack of shipwreck scavengers. These dueling scavenger families would greedily strip a wreck lickety-split. Take the cargo and probably knock-in a few heads. These rapacious ghouls were the precursors before the mob-connected rum runners arrived for the Havana circuit. Nice multi-level compact museum with a high density of excellent displays and thoughtful narratives.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Christy
    Palm Beach, FL322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience! Learned a lot about the history of Key West and the Overseas Railroad. We enjoyed seeing all the movies that had been filmed in Florida. Nice respite from the heat.
    Written 7 July 2024
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  • Sally W
    Miami, FL2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful tour with Thomas Greenwood who is the curator and museum store buyer. The house is very interesting and the grounds were well restored.
    Thomas was delightful and knowledgeable.
    Don't miss this wonderful store. I got a lovely necklace and wear it all the time. Great gifts!
    Written 16 March 2023
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  • Kevin
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice museum
    Self tour very informative
    Please note this museum is not the house where Williams lived
    His home is privately owned and not open to the public
    That said, if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams, the museum is not to be missed
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • TravelingMama
    New York, NY427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super tiny museum but lots of great information. Would recommend if you have an interest in turtles. Learned that very few turtles nest in the keys - they come here to eat and hang out and grow.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Kathy S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is a hidden gem. While the house is very beautiful inside and out, it is the free guided tour which makes it a place not to miss.
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Amen_Omen
    Tampa, FL127 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really wanted to visit this museum because African-Bahamian history seems to be underrepresented in Key West.

    I searched the Internet for a website for the museum or even a review online from someone who had visited before. Oddly, I couldn't find anything but an address for the museum which you can find if you massively Google.

    We found the address and there was a sign posted outside with Mr. Sands name. There is nothing to indicate that this is a museum although there were what appeared to be two very large tombstones in the small front yard.

    A man working in a yard next door confirmed that this was the museum but he didn't offer anything else. The whole situation was becoming increasingly awkward.

    We decided to ring the doorbell in one last ditch effort. The front door was open but no one ever answered so we left. I have since seen a couple of different sites that list business hours that are from Monday to Friday on one site and list Monday and Wednesday on another. We were there on a Wednesday. Bummed.
    Written 10 June 2015
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