History Museums in Key West

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History Museums in Key West

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  • WorldTraveler910
    Wilmington, NC
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when visiting key west if you are into history. The tour guide was excellent and answered all of our questions and we did not feel rushed.
    Written 8 March 2024
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  • Alexis V
    Wellington, FL
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting tour! We are so glad we took the time to go to USCG INGHAM. We went with 10-year-olds and while they didn’t appreciate the history, they still enjoyed exploring the ship. Make sure you check out the binoculars on the main level - super cool!
    Written 5 July 2024
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  • sakigemcam
    sakigemcam
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely interesting exhibits about the lives of lighthouse keepers. Really one of the better small museums we’ve been to. The climb to the top was worth it for the view. Definitely a must-see in KW.
    Written 29 June 2024
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  • Nomad
    Lakewood Ranch, FL
    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, FL
    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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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was a very quick walk through museum. Teens and husband both enjoyed because Robert the Doll was there and also war history.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sheala was our guid and she did a great job. All was perfectly done and explained perfectly to. Just a great ghost experience in Key West
    Written 26 April 2024
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  • rockcole
    Doylestown, PA
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is not much. On the patio outside is a short film of the construction of the road and that is well worth watching.
    Written 23 January 2022
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  • VHKW
    Key West, FL
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Change inevitably comes with time, and after many decades the heirs to the Porter family sadly closed the legendary family museum for tours and sold the Key West Heritage House in 2010. But the good news is that the property is preserved by a new owner in its authentic beauty and is currently privately maintained. The museum does not have regular hours at the moment, but may open its doors again for tour with a nominal donation.

    With change, new doors always open, and you now have the unique opportunity to stay in a famous family residence, right on the grounds of the Heritage House, as a monthly or seasonal rental. Situated on the parameter of the historic Heritage House property, the authentic 2-story Caribbean cottage-style home is full of authentic island charm and offers a swimming pool too. If you want to experience the real old time Key West, right were the island was first settled, this is an opportunity to really live a bit of the island’s heritage.
    Written 3 July 2011
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  • Heather S
    Denver, CO
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want a lot of information about Key West, this is the place to go. They have a lot of Key West art and a lot of information.
    Written 16 July 2012
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