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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
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+1 305-294-2116
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was...

The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen.

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My husband wanted to go here so we checked it out. Nice introductory tour guide, could go your own speed in the pretty house and gardens. Had nice gift shop so you could wander... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband wanted to go here so we checked it out. Nice introductory tour guide, could go your own speed in the pretty house and gardens. Had nice gift shop so you could wander. Beautiful birds that Audobon drew.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you enjoy Audubon prints and paintings, you will like this museum. The guide explains what you will see, then you are on your own to explore.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon! More 

Columbus, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The gallery of fine art and museum store offers original Audubon artwork, eclectic and unique gifts, home decor items, and educational material. Some interesting items, but you'll see everything in 15 minutes.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Rob S. However we're a bit confused. Did you only visit the gallery and store and if so, you're quite the fast mover! Obviously it depends on one's interest level in the art and history, but we carry over 500 original antique Octavo images, full sized reproductions of Audubon's work, hundreds of antique botanical images,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful house and grounds making it easy to imagine how different life was 170 or so years ago. Was delighted with the 10 minute introduction that the knowledgable, enthusiastic and courteous guide gave at the start. I was impressed. After this, we were free to look around at our leisure. So lovely to discover the 3rd floor exhibits, and read... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the excellent review of the museum and our guide! We are pleased to see you found it an "oasis of calm", which we think is a perfect description. We hope you enjoyed your vacation and would love to see you back at the property! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although Audubon certainly never stayed here, the museum does have a nice collection of Audubon prints and folios. The house is fine example of upper-class living circa 1850 in Key West. The small garden is an added bonus, although it could have used more labels or a brochure.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Yes, Audubon never stayed in the house, but his connection to the property does make it a great spot to commemorate his visit to the Florida Keys. As for the garden, it is just under an acre and our gardener does like to swap things out quite a bit, so we have unfortunately fallen... More 

Schererville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter's wedding reception was held here at the Audubon House. The venue was fabulous. There were beautiful palm trees, flowers, plants, fish ponds etc. The beauty was indescribable. The inside was just as beautiful. I highly recommend visiting this place while one is in the Keys.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We LOVE sharing our venue with couples on their special day! Thank you so much for the lovely review and we wish you and your family the best! More 

New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, there isn't a tour. It's self guided. Interesting. Truman house and Hemingway more informative w tourguide

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We certainly welcome all critiques to the house and grounds. We have found that the most popular question we receive when people are interested in the property is "Do I HAVE to take a tour, or can we just go on our own?" We decided that the ten minute introduction... More 

Bergen County, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This was my favorite stop in Key West. You will learn a lot about the history of Key West, the family that lived in the house until relatively recently and also about Audubon (although there is a twist, but you need to go to find out). The gardens around the house are beautiful as well.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

What a great review! Thank you, and we are happy that you found us to be your favorite stop! There is something for everyone here and we appreciate you taking the time to leave lovely feedback! We hope to see you again! More 

Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is a perfect fit in Key West. They offer good tours of this property and the hostess is excellent on her knowledge of the house and Key West.Her knowledge of the birds of the area and the ones passing was impressive. The pictures, prints of the birds are educational. The gardens are a bonas... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the compliments to our guide and property! We do think we are a perfect fit here, and offer a great glimpse into our past. We appreciate you taking the time to review the house and grounds and hope you had a great vacation! More 

Lynn Have, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Although Audubon never stayed in this particular building the property was home to one of the interesting species he located while in Key West. More important than the historic accuracy of his connection to the property is it's faithful and re-creation of the home during the time period in which Audubon would've visited Key West and the beautiful artwork showing... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We are so glad to see you enjoyed your visit! Our curator was meticulous in her research and really wanted to evoke the mid 19th time period of Key West. We all appreciated your very complimentary review and hope to see you again soon! More 

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