arts Directory: museums, history & nature



CRANE POINT MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER
743-9100 · Email: info@cranepoint.net
5550 Overseas Highway · Marathon, FL 33050

This unique 63-acre site is home to the Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site, Marathon Wild Bird Center and an extensive nature trail system that leads through a dense tropical forest to a spectacular view of Florida Bay.
CUSTOM HOUSE MUSEUM
295-6616
281 Front St. at the corner of Greene St. · Key West, FL 33040

Galleries feature several changing art history exhibitions of local, national, and international scope. "Remember the Maine," is an ongoing exhibit devoted to the famous battleship and the Spanish-American War. The imposing red brick and terra-cotta building is a tour in itself.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM
294-1575 · Email: info@hemingwayhome.com
907 Whitehead Street · Key West, FL 33040

This unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. Open 365 days a year from 9am to 5pm.
FLORIDA KEYS ECO-DISCOVERY CENTER
809-4750 · Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov
35 East Quay Road · Key West, FL 33070

Enter the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater. The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Admission is free! (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)
FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY & DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
522-0948
82100 Overseas Hwy · Islamorada, FL 33036

Non-profit organization with a mission to provide for the development and operation of an interactive, multi-disciplinary educational center located at the Florida Keys Conference Center at the Islander Resort.
FORT EAST MARTELLO MUSEUM AND GALLERY
296-3913
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. · Key West, FL 33040

Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adults-$6, Students-$3, Children under 6-Free. Housed in a historic Civil War fort, the museum features artifacts from Key West's history plus a large collection of painted woodcarvings by Mario Sanchez, and the sculpture of junkyard artist Stanley Papio.
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR HISTORIC STATE PARK
295-0037
Southard Street on Truman Annex · Key West, FL 33040

Fort Taylor is a perfect example of the wealth of history Florida has to offer. The park, which now covers a total of 54 acres, is a National Historic Landmark that played a significant role in Florida's early development. Tours of the historic fort are offered daily. Key West's BEST BEACH offers beach equipment & watersport rentals: floats, chairs, snorkel gear, etc. Call for information about activities, rental equipment and the Cayo Hueso Cafe.
FRIENDS OF FORT TAYLOR
293-3678 · Fax: 292-6881
601 Howard England Way · Key West, FL 33041

Civil War Days, Located at Fort Taylor Historic State Park, Key West,FL.
HARRY S. TRUMAN LITTLE WHITE HOUSE MUSEUM
292-9911 · Fax: 294-9988 · Email: bwolz@trumanlittlewhitehouse.com
111 Front St. inside the Truman Annex · Key West, FL 33040

Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tours every 15 minutes from 9 until 4:30. Free exhibit rooms. The American Winter White House used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter has guided tours, changing exhibits and a museum shop. Truman Legacy Symposium held annually; for more information visit www.Trumansymposium.com.
HISTORIC FLORIDA KEYS FOUNDATION
292-6718 · Email: hfkf@bellsouth.net
510 Greene St. · Key West, FL 33040

The only county-wide non-profit historic preservation organization.
HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF THE UPPER KEYS
Jerry Wilkinson 852-1620 · Email: jerry@keyshistory.org
Tradewinds Shopping Plaza - MM 101.4 · Key Largo, FL

Meets at the Key Largo Library Community Room at 7pm on the second Monday of each month. Most programs are of a historical nature.
HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM
664-9737 · Email: info@divingmuseum.org
82990 Overseas Hwy - MM 83 · Islamorada, FL 33036

Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The History of Diving Museum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution focused on the Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The museum offers over 3,000 square feet of exhibits featuring historic and rare diving artifacts as well as hands-on exhibits, videos, and fun photo opportunities. Immerse yourself in the history and evolution of diving. Don't forget to visit the Museum Store for great diving-related gifts!
KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
295-6616 · Fax: 295-6649 · Email: mgieda@kwahs.org
281 Front Street · Key West, FL 33040

Membership open to general public. Meets year-round; meetings announced in quarterly newsletter for the special events being offered. Activities include Key West Museum of Art & History, self-guided tours of East Martello Fort and Museum, Key West Lighthouse, various receptions and exhibitions of an art, cultural and historical nature.
KEY WEST BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY
296-2988 · Email: info@keywestbutterfly.com
1316 Duval Street · Key West, FL 33040

Take a stroll through a tropical paradise... walk through an exotic and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature -- butterflies.
KEY WEST FIREHOUSE MUSEUM
292-8179 · Email: oldfirehouse3@yahoo.com
1026 Grinnell St. Corner of Virginia & Grinnell · Key West, FL 33040

A museum honoring the history of firefighting in Key West. Restoration of the 2-story brick Fire Station #3 originally built in 1907 is complete. Call 292-8179 and ask for Alex Vega for information and how you can help!
KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB
294-3210
1100 Atlantic Blvd · Key West, FL 33040

Floral Tapestry flower show in March, permanent exhibition at W. Martello Tower
KEY WEST HOLIDAY HISTORIC INN TOUR
295-1334 · Fax: 295-1285 · Email: president@keywestinns.com
316A Simonton Street · Key West, FL 33040

The holiday season is one of the most enchanting and beautiful times to visit Key West, and the annual Historic Lighted Inn Tour captures the essence of our tropical island.
KEY WEST HOUSE & GARDEN TOURS
294-9501 · Fax: 294-4509 · Email: oldisland@bellsouth.net
P.O. Box 689 · Key West, FL 33041

December through March, visitors will be enchanted by exquisite restorations and creative renovations surrounded by lush tropical gardens and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more.
KEY WEST LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM & KEEPERS QUARTERS
305-295-6616
938 Whitehead St. · Key West, FL 33040

Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Closed Christmas Day. Climb the 88 steps of the old Key West Lighthouse for one of the best views of Key West and surrounding waters. See the lenses and technology that made the lighthouse function and explore a faithful recreation of the lighthouse keeper's residence.
KEY WEST MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY
292-7903 · Email: info@keywestmaritime.org
P.O. Box 695 · Key West, FL 33041

A Society for the study, appreciation, and preservation of the maritime heritage of the Florida Keys. Lectures, field trips, exhibits, publications and special events. Award-winning FLORIDA KEYS SEA HERITAGE JOURNAL published quarterly.
KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
296-1504 · Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
5210 College Road · Key West, FL 33040

Open daily 10-4. $5.00 donation requested. Mailing address is P.O. Box 2436, Key West, FL 33045-2436 The last undeveloped native hardwood hammock in the environs of Key West. 5 self guided tours wind through more than 11 acres of native plants and habitat that includes a number of champion trees. Shady tranquil beauty perfect for families and nature lovers to enjoy.
LOFTON SANDS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN MUSEUM & RESOURCE CENTER
295-7337
324 Truman Ave. · Key West, FL 33040

Open Mondays 1-5 p.m. & Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12 noon, or by appointment. A vehicle for preserving and educating the public about the history and cultural contributions of the African Bahamian Community. Features traveling exhibits and a collection of docuemtns and artifacts, a research archive and special programs.
MARATHON GARDEN CLUB
743-4971
5270 Overseas Highway - MM 50 · Marathon, Florida 33050

A not-for-profit educational organization in the heart of the Florida Keys offering annual House & Garden Tours, floral design workshops, plant sales & a variety of festivals. Meets the 3rd Friday (Oct-May), free and open to the public.
MATECUMBE HISTORICAL TRUST
Irving Eyster 664-9504
· Islamorada, FL

Board meetings monthly, call for dates & times; Quarterly meeting with lectures and slide shows, call for dates and locations.
MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE SOCIETY & MUSEUM
294-2633 · Fax: 294-5671 · Email: mkendrick@melfisher.org
200 Greene St. · Key West, FL 33040

The 1910 building houses a permanent collection that includes treasure from the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The treasure includes gold and silver bars, coins, and chains, as well as centuries-old cannons and ships' tools. Discover the thrill of treasure-hunting by learning the story of Mel Fisher's quest for the Atocha, while discovering the intricacies of maritime history and the tragedies of shipwrecks.
MURRAY E. NELSON GOVERNMENT AND CULTURAL CENTER
305-852-7161
10200 Overseas Highway · Key Largo, FL 33037

Open 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday.
PELICAN POOP SHOPPE
292-9955
314 Simonton St. · Key West, FL 33040

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Garden tours $2. In 1928, this building became Ernest Hemingway's first Key West residence where he would write "A Farewell to Arms" and fall in love with the island. Tour Key West's most exotic atrium garden and absorb the history hidden inside the island's most unusual home. Mary Ann Oosterhoudt,Owner Tom Oosterhoudt, Manager
PIGEON KEY HISTORIC DISTRICT & GIFT SHOP
743-5999 · Fax: 289-1065 · Email: pigeonkey@aol.com
P.O. Box 500130 · Marathon, FL 33050

Guided tours available. Transportation provided by ferry service. Pigeon Key Marine Science Center offering marine based environmental education.
THE OLDEST HOUSE MUSEUM
294-9502 · Email: OldIsland@bellsouth.net
322 Duval St. · Key West, FL 33040

This museum offers a peek into the life of a wrecking family. Memorabilia and documents from the salvage trade plus marine artwork by a variety of artists.