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.
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.
Opera star Enrico Caruso sang here. Cuban patriot Jose Marti delivered speeches from the balcony. Blessed with a stirring past, this handsome building has a new role as home to a research library and museum chronicling the island's Cuban ties. You'll find exhibits that detail the history of Key West and the contributions of 19th and 20th century Cuban exiles. San Carlos Institute is an affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution and was founded in 1871 to preserve Cuban culture and promote the freedom of Cuba.
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.