Delve deep into the marine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about out underwater counterparts, albeit virtually. This spectacular discovery center located at the edge of the land in Key West takes visitors on a fascinating journey where they can explore the mysterious ecosystem of the Everglades, marvel at the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, participate in exciting virtual dives that take them 1,600 feet (487.68 meters) under the sea, admire the Living Reef exhibit with actual corals and fish, and get questions answered by expert marine biologists. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center also conducts group visits, and admission to the center is free.
The Hemingway Home & Museum was the residence of the renowned author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was known both for his grander-than-life personality and his amazing writing, including the books The Sun Also Rises and Farewell to Arms. The rooms and the collections on display give you an insight into the life of this famous writer. Keep a look out for the museum's many polydactyl (six-toed) cats that are rumored to be descendants of Hemingway's pet cat Snow White.
Anyone who enjoys tales about pirates and buried treasure will appreciate this small museum. Named for a local salvager who found sunken treasure aboard a wrecked Spanish galleon, the museum currently houses a collection of these treasures, including doubloons, solid gold bars and four sunken ships from as far back as 1560. The museum also shows a film on Mr. Fisher that describes his 1985 discovery.
This fascinating museum is housed in a Civil War fort and tower from 1862. The tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the best-preserved examples of Martello military architecture in the country. The museum is home to an eclectic collection artifacts that explore local history, including model ships, diver's equipment, Civil War memorabilia, fishing items, and other exhibits that narrate the stories of Key West's intriguing past. Also being home to Robert, an old doll that is believed to be haunted, it attracts many paranormal enthusiasts. The lookout tower provides beautiful views of the island and ocean.
Before tourism became Key West's major source of income,'wreckers' earned their living by salvaging what they could from ships wrecked on the reefs. At the Key West Shipwreck Historeum, you can learn about the 'wreckers' and see jewelry, china, house wares and other artifacts from the Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856. An observation tower offers a great view.
USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) Museum is a well presented vessel that served as a flagship for Samuel D. Ingham. This massive coast guard was previously known as USCGC Samual D. Ingham. Today, it serves and is known to the masses as a National monument and a honored museum. What you can expect at this floating museum are some great insights into the history of some great and brave men who fought for the freedom of the country during the World War. They have an interesting gift shop that consists of various souvenirs for you to take back home. A great spot to also watch the sunset.
Key West Museum of Art & History was earlier a post office and government center. This red brick building has existed since 1890 and is a perfect example of Romanesque-style architecture. The museum recently completed its $9 million restoration project and is as good as new now. If you want to learn anything about the history of Key West, then this museum is a must-visit. Admission prices for adults is $10 and for children is $5.