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. 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 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
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. Open daily.
Southard Street on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33040
The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, better known simply as Fort Taylor is a Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West. Beautiful beach. Food available at the Cayo Hueso Cafe.
111 Front St. (inside Truman Annex), Key West, FL 33040
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. Open daily.
510 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040
The only county-wide non-profit historic preservation organization.
P.O. Box 2200, Key Largo, FL 33037
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
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. The Museum Store has great diving-related gifts. Open daily.
281 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
The Society operates four museums: the Custom House Museum, the Fort East Martello Museum, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters. Various receptions and exhibitions of an art, cultural and historical nature are held.
1024 Grinnell St. , Key West, FL 33040
A museum honoring the history of firefighting in Key West.
1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040
The Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower is a tropical garden paradise by the sea on the site of a former Civil War fort. It has garden rooms to delight you, history to intrigue you, and the beach and sea to inspire you. Open to the public.
818 White St. #8, Key West, FL 33040
Festive island properties are featured each evening where you can explore the beautiful architecture and unique history of some of Key West’s most charming inns while making merry with tasty holiday treats and festive libations.
322 Duval St., Key West, FL 33041
Each home tour season (December -March) visitors are invited into 20 different residences – approximately five homes for each tour date. OIRF takes pride in recruiting homes that showcase all sizes, age, architectural features, family history, rehabilitation projects, and island prominence.
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
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. Open daily.
82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
The Discovery Center, on the property of the Islander Resort, is open Tues-Sun, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. It educates residents and visitors alike to have an understanding and strong appreciation of the unique history and environment of the Florida Keys.
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, workshops, plant sales & a variety of festivals. Meets the 3rd Friday (Oct-May). Free and open to the public.
PO Box 1175, Islamorada, FL 33036
The Matecumbe Historical Trust Corp. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education, history and preservation of the Florida Keys. Monthly programs and lectures and quarterly newsletter. Open to the public.
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.
102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Government building hosts arts and cultural events.
1090 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
Pigeon Key is a unique destination located in the Florida Keys and most people know us as the “tiny island under the Old 7 Mile Bridge.” Located in Marathon, Florida, our history dates back to the early 1900’s when the island was used as a work-camp for the men who built the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. Our mission is to protect the cultural history of the Florida Keys and educate our youth through marine science curricula and research. Tours available.
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.
322 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040
The Oldest House Key West is decorated with period pieces from the wrecker Captain who lived here, and as Wreckers Museum pays tribute to this profession. Memorabilia and documents from the salvage trade plus marine artwork by a variety of artists.
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