"Museum of Art & History in the Custom House" Museum of Art and History Tip by Dutchnatasja

Museum of Art and History, Key West: 8 reviews and 16 photos

  The Key West Museum of Art & History
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  • The Key West Museum of Art & History - Key West
      The Key West Museum of Art & History
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  • Detail of the Custom House - Key West
      Detail of the Custom House
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The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the 1930s, the island city was bankrupt.

Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned. Now, after a 9-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has returned the big red brick building to its former glory.

what is there to see
- Meet Key West's famous people through portraits by Paul Collins.
- Stand in the very room where the U.S. decided to go to war with Spain, following the sinking of the battleship USS Maine.
- Learn about Ernest Hemingway's life in Key West, where he wrote many of his most famous novels. See his bloodstained WWI uniform and other personal items that created his legendary status as an adventurer and writer.
- And there is more to see!

Every day except Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 281 Front street
Phone: 305-295-6616

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2005
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