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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

#25 of 177 things to do in Key West Features Animals
205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
+1 305-294-2116
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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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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Make certain to spend some time in the art gallery with limited addition reprints of Audubon's!! Take a stroll in the garden and learn of Audubon's impact on the discovery and naming of native birds of the Florida Keys... Spectacular!!! :)

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nearly two hundred years of history fill this tour. From Audubon and his bird journeys to Captain Geiger and the restoration in the '60s, you will learn about life in Key West. Side note: Thank goodness for hoarding disorder, because all of the artifacts would...More

Thank Paul_Garneau
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I came across this property on our way to the southernmost point. It looked so charming and inviting that we paid a visit and we were so glad we did. It is a beautiful example of a 19th century Key West home...More

Thank Wendy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you enter the property through the gift shop, where you can purchased tickets & various souvenirs/artwork. whether you are a lover of art, history, art history, birds or botanicals, this is a place to see. Upon purchasing your ticket you exit the gift shop and...More

Thank lcdemar
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving a great review! We love when people enjoy the house, gardens, Audubon work AND gift shop and gallery! We appreciate you taking the time to mention us and hope you had a great trip!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots of history, & original furniture, & relics here. a very nice tour w/ informed guides. original colored pencil nature, & avian drawings. nicely refurbished, and maintained. a must see for audubon lovers, & members. educational for all, kids will love it if they are...More

Thank gwennc728
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for appreciating both aspects of the original Key West wrecker history as well as the Audubon connection! We hope you had a lovely vacation and hope to see you back!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun home to explore and learn the history of the original owners. Beautiful gardens. and a glimpse into early Key West living and how people actually made a living and could build these mansions.

Thank 19SeniorTravelers59
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! We are happy you enjoyed your experience and thank you again for leaving an excellent review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Audubon House is across the street from Mel fisher's. Just keep in mind, Audubon did not live here, although his works are on the walls. There is a docent on the ground floor to give you the history of the home. The 2nd & 3rd...More

Thank Linda B
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate you leaving a lovely review of the property! We hope to see you here again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful air conditioned interiors. Lush tropical gardens. Interesting shop. Good selection of Audubon prints.

AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving your excellent review! We hope you had a wonderful vacation!

Reviewed 13 July 2017

The home and gardens alone are worth the entry price, but the historical artifacts artwork, and refences are a hidden gem that needs to be seen to be believed. There is a historical residence with a short tour that explains a lot, most of all...More

Thank wmerry2016
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for leaving a perfect review and explanation of the property and grounds! We appreciate you taking the time and hope you enjoyed your Key West visit!

Reviewed 3 July 2017

This house was owned by a collector of Audobon's drawings, many of which are on display. You can see what a wealthy wrecker's home looked like, as well as learn about the island's history and view Audobon's drawing. Probably worth the entry free, but my...More

Thank Liz W
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

We are sorry that you ended up confused as to the Audubon connection to the property. The former owner of the home was not a collector of Audubon's work, but a master wrecker here in Key West. The connection is Audubon using a branch of...More

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Thomas L
9 February 2017|
Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Street parking only as the house is in a residential area.
8 February 2017|
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Response from ctgama | Reviewed this property |
Hi Valerie! I'm so excited for you. This was my first trip to Key West and I loved every minute. There are so many things to do. Most are walking distance which shouldn't be a problem if you are used to NYC walking. Remember... More
13 July 2015|
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Response from AudubonHouse | Property representative |
Our admission rate is $12.00 for adults, $7.50 for students and $5.00 for children. Admission is free for children 6 and under.