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Audubon House, Key West: 6 reviews and 18 photos
This was the first house restored by the Key West Foundation, which saved it from destruction in 1958 and opened it to the public to raise funds to restore other houses. We toured it in 1961 when I was pregnant with my first child.
The home was built in the 1840s by Captain John H. Geiger, a harbor pilot and master wrecker, who lived in the house with his wife and nine children.
In 1832 (which would be before the house was built), Audubon visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. Audubon 'collected' (i.e. shot and killed) 18 new birds for his "Birds of America" folio while he stayed here and it is believed that many of those drawings were done on or near this site. He arranged the dead birds in life-like poses so he could get every detail correct. His painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the house.
The house is furnished with antiques of the period and there is an audio tour. I understand that there is now an art gallery in addition to the store. You can order from the store on-line. There are garden tours which discuss the native plants and butterflies, and art classes are given in the garden. The museum is open daily from 9:30am-5:00pm. If you go to the website you can print out an $1.00 off coupon for adult admission. A child's admission is $4.50, and an adult is $10.00.
Address: 205 Whitehead St.
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