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"Audubon House - Historic Key West" Audubon House Tip by Ewingjr98

Audubon House, Key West: 6 reviews and 18 photos

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens were constructed in the 18th Century for Captain John H. Geiger. Geiger was a harbor pilot and resided here with his wife and 9 children. In 1832 John James Audubon visited the keys and spent much of his time here at the Geigers' house. During his visit Audubon sketched 18 new birds, one of which was sketched in front of a tree at this house.

Today the house offers a beautiful one-acre garden surrounding a house that contains 28 original first-edition Audubon paintings. The paintings are displayed on all three floors of the historic home.

Admission Rates are Adults - $10, students - $6.50, children 6-12 - $5, and children under 6 - free. The house and garden also host weddings, but admission is a bit more for the formal events!

The historic marker in front of the Audubon House reads:


Captain John H. Geiger, skilled pilot and master
wrecker, built this house in 1830. It is typical
of the era when, in 1832, the famed naturalist,
John James Audubon, visited Key West to study
and sketch the birds of the Florida Keys. On
March 18, 1860, Mitchell Wolfson, native son
of Key West, and Mrs. Wolfson, also a native
Floridian, dedicated the house as a public museum
to be named Audubon House, commemorating
the artist's visit to Key West. Furnished with
antiques of the period, the museum proudly
exhibits numerous original Audubon engravings.
This restoration sparked the preservation and
restoration movement in Key West.

Historical association in Southern Florida.

Address: 205 Whitehead St.
Phone: 305-294-2116

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  • Updated Sep 1, 2012
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