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

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One of the most prominent and architecturally beautiful buildings in Key West is called the "Custom House" and it is the home of the Key West Museum of Art & History. Built of solid red brick, The Custom House was constructed in 1891, and once served as a post office and court house, and then was abandoned; but after a major renovation lasting 9 years and costing several millions, it plays a major role in Key West once again to this marvelous museum.

The museum houses folk art paintings by Mario Sanchez, portraits of famous Key West citizens, exhibits on Ernest Hemingway including personal items, and many Key West history exhibits including some on local pirate life.

One gallery is devoted to an exhibit called, "Coping with Depression, the WPA in the 1930s." I think this title is a little deceiving because it is related to the 1930's Depression Era's Works Progress Administration which was a government program to give jobs to people during the Great Depression. Art work in the Dogwood Gallery is meant to depict "Key West in the '30s through drawings, sketches, intaglio prints, paintings and promotional brochures produced by the artists of the Works Art Project."

We had planned to see the Museum as our last stop of the day, but the fierce heat and humidity was overwhelming and I had to return to the ship. However, I would have been greatly interested in seeing Mario Sanchez's wood paintings of Old Key West and especially the work in the Dogwood Gallery.

The Museum is opened everyday but Christmas from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children and students with ID.
$9 for seniors (62+), AAA Members and locals with ID.

Address: 281 Front Street, Key West
Directions: Within walking distance Mallory Square, Duval Street, the cruise ship piers, etc.
Phone: %cb35-295-6616

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 3, 2008
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