Museums, History & Nature
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33041
Civil War Days, Located at Fort Taylor Historic State Park, Key West,FL.
Fax 305-294-9988 Email
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.
510 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040
The only county-wide non-profit historic preservation organization.
Jerry Wilkinson 305-852-1620
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.
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!
Fax 305-295-6649 Email
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.
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!
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
Fax 305-295-1285 Email
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.
Fax 305-294-4509 Email
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.
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.
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.
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.
82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
The Keys History & Discovery Center occupies a two-story facility encompassing 7,500 square feet. The ground floor will explore unique ecology of the Florida Keys as well as the incredible history associated with the island chain especially the history of the Upper Keys. The second floor will host a series of traveling exhibitions reflecting upon the nature, art or history of the Florida Keys.
The geographic emphasis is on the Upper Keys, but will encompass other areas to tell the stories in a way that will preserve our history in a meaningful, educational and entertaining manner. Major themes of interest are the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, the Flagler Railroad, as well as our fishing and maritime heritage. We will regularly host exhibits and special events, as well as undertake projects that fit with our mission and vision.
The Keys History & Discovery Center will feature a 40-seat state-of-the-art movie theater and the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library.
LOFTON SANDS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN MUSEUM & RESOURCE CENTER
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.
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.
Irving Eyster 305-664-9504
Board meetings monthly, call for dates & times; Quarterly meeting with lectures and slide shows, call for dates and locations.
Fax 305-294-5671 Email
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.
10200 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Open 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday.
Fax 305-289-1065 Email
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.
513 Truman Ave, Key West, Key West, FL 33040
To keep the legacy alive of one of the greatest American writers and former Key West resident, this permanent exhibit offers visitors an entertaining and informative self-guided tour. Included for viewing is the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available to the public. It includes an extensive collection of photographs, first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos,and a typewriter used by the author while writing in Key West. Open Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday from 12pm until 5pm. Admission: Free - Donations accepted
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.
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