Museums Information about visiting Key West's museums, including the Hemingway House, Mel Fisher's, Custom's House, Truman's Little White House, and other notable places.
No visit to Key West would be complete without a visit to a few of our fascinating museums. This little island is filled with important United States history, unique geography and eco-system, and a plethora of interesting local characters.
Natural history, culture, art, and local history should be explored at Key West’s local museums, and here are places we recommend you visit: Fascinating stories of Key West firefighting history, the cigar industry, and devastating fires on the island Train station for the Overseas Railroad, built by Henry Flagler and called the 8th wonder of the world. One of Key West's most impressive structures, the Custom House was where wrecking cases were adjudicated by a Federal magistrate. Learn about the wrecking industry during the 19th century, where captains raced to salvage ships run aground on the reef. Learn about the ecosystem of the Florida Keys, including mangroves, coral reef, wildlife, and seagrass beds. One of the largest treasure finds in history is on display, including gold, silver, and emeralds. Built in 1829 by a ship's captain, this is the oldest house in Key West still standing. Sea turtles are protected now, but were once a delicacy that nearly led to their extinction. Where the writer worked on For Whom the Bell Toll, To Have and Have Not, and other famous works. The working vacation White House of President Truman who visited the house 11 times while in office. Climb to the top of the 15th oldest lighthouse in the United States and get an incredible view of the island. Early strategic fort and home to an interesting museum filled with early island artifacts. Ship captain's home and the beginning of Key West's architectural preservation movement