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.
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.
Can you imagine a man without a stomach, who eats his food and then uses his hands to push it down to his intestines? Gross! You think? Well apparently not… Mr. Robert Ripley visited 201 different countries to find the most unusual stories. These acts are now on display at this crazy Believe It or Not venue. There are over 500 exhibits and 13 galleries on two floors, with different themes. Ripley's Archive documents weird experimentation and actions undertaken in the past - there is one section on Amazing Acts and Unbelievable Stunts. If you are up for an overdose of oddity, head to Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Pirates of the Caribbean are closer to you now than ever before and one man is responsible for it: Pat Croce. He's been a live commentator on the NBA on the NBC show and has been a bestseller author. But this time he's done things differently. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum opened by him in Key West pays tribute to pirates across the world. Don't be surprised if you find Captain Johnny staring at you with weird hair-dos and masks, because it's a winding journey into the alleys. You can touch Captain Kidd's loots and weapons and see history unfold.