Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Operated by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the Keys oldest cultural non-profit. The mission of the Key West Art & Historical Society is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public.
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  • Spousaltravels
    Florida71 contributions
    The View!
    It's worth the climb! See Key West from above. Check out the Light keepers quarters. Amazing to see how a lighthouse protects and helps to navigate boats and ships in the open waters.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Anay
    Deltona, Florida2 contributions
    Some history during vacations.
    Is a very nice experience that the kids loved. Is something that wont take a whole lot of time. I think we maybe spent 1 -1/2 hrs in there. The little museum contained all the history involving the current and previous lighthouse in Key West, the store is also nice and we bought a couple of souvenirs in there.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2023
  • Winnipeg1991
    485 contributions
    Best Way to Get High in Key West
    The star of this site is the lighthouse. Climb up to the top and get the best view of Key West. Next to the tower is a small quaint museum and the former keeper's house, explaining the keeper's life. It's all worth the admission cost. Takes about 30 minutes.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2023
  • Duke
    Hove, United Kingdom51 contributions
    For the best views of all Key West
    Firstly, I have never been up a lighthouse before. The stairs were typical but daunting, and at the top, I was holding in to the railing. I hate heights. The views are amazing. 360o views of all Key West and the sea surrounding. Stunning, especially on such a clear sunny day. Back on the ground and their are gardens with exotic trees and plants, then over to the Keepers Quarters Museum (which was once the keepers home). I was more than impressed here as I was expecting less inside. The rooms laid out with plenty of history of the various keepers and the history of the lighthouse. Great video footage was shown along with varying artefacts and models. It was a lovely experience and I am glad we went. You exited through a gift shop which had some nice things and some very informative staff. I highly recommend it.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2023
  • Travelcrazt
    Salt Lake City, Utah56 contributions
    Amazing View From The Top
    The Key West Lighthouse has an awesome view from the top. There are many steps in a spiral staircase to get to the top, but everyone was going at a relaxed rate, so it was not too hard. The view from the observation deck is amazing. The Keeper's Quarter's was neat and featured some of the lenses from the light. This was a fun experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • KW Conch
    Kearney, Missouri65 contributions
    Can’t beat the view.
    A nicely key spot that allows some time away from the busier areas. Here is someone there that will give a quick education of the lighthouse and some facts on Key West. It’s a well spent hour or so. Be ready to climb some small stairs. The view is worth it though. It’s nice that they don’t let too many people up at a time.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • mayniacmo
    Waterloo, Canada155 contributions
    Great Views!
    We went to the top of the lighthouse where you have some fantastic views! The stairs up isn’t too tough and there are a couple of resting stops along the way. The house has a lot of information also. I’d recommend coming earlier before it gets too busy as the stairs are narrow!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Lisa F
    Woodstock, Georgia5 contributions
    Beautiful views and a look into the lives of the historic light keepers.
    Great piece of history and amazing views from the top of the lighthouse! Historic Keeper's Quarters offers a look into the lives of the light keepers and their families. The iron stairs could be a challenge, I think there were 88 steps and they are narrow and spiral. But the views are well worth the climb!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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William T
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The locations provided great information about the history of the area. The Tennessee Williams staff went above and beyond to share the history of the area! It was nice to see the works of local artists and visiting displays. The Robert will give you chills!
Written 12 October 2023
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Monkey M
Miami, FL6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Best chill spot on the island. Great view you have a 360 degree view of the whole island. Simply Amazing. Staff is also super nice. HIGHLY RECOMMEND...
Written 30 September 2023
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Lisa F
Woodstock, GA5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great piece of history and amazing views from the top of the lighthouse! Historic Keeper's Quarters offers a look into the lives of the light keepers and their families. The iron stairs could be a challenge, I think there were 88 steps and they are narrow and spiral. But the views are well worth the climb!
Written 23 September 2023
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Kath F
Central Florida, FL2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very informative! Great self-guided tour. The lighthouse was amazing with great information & views. The lighthouse family quarters were also filled with interesting displays & facts. I would do it again just to see what I missed
Written 8 September 2023
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Charles D.
Prescott, AZ68 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A truly interesting museum and exhibits. A climb to the top of the lighthouse is a must, the views are incredible. The lenses on display are works of art.
Written 17 August 2023
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sofloyogi
Palm City, FL6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Last admission says 430, we made it a few minutes before and it was already closed. They don't answer calls waste of your time
Written 3 August 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany2,996 contributions
May 2023
Late one afternoon recently we were walking down Whitehead street on our way to see the so-called southernmost point of continental USA when we stumbled on this lighthouse. Unfortunately it was already closed up for the day so a visit wasn't possible. But I did a little bit of research to learn that it was decommissioned in 1969 & taken over more recently by the local historical society. Apparently it has been damaged by hurricanes on a number of times since 1825. I was intrigued that it its position is some way back from the sea. Indeed as it became more obscured by taller trees and other buildings it was raised to leave it about 30m above sea level.

I would have loved to climb up the stairs in the interior to get a view up there of the town but that wasn't to be. Oh well...
Written 9 June 2023
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mayniacmo
Waterloo, Canada155 contributions
Apr 2023
We went to the top of the lighthouse where you have some fantastic views! The stairs up isn’t too tough and there are a couple of resting stops along the way. The house has a lot of information also. I’d recommend coming earlier before it gets too busy as the stairs are narrow!
Written 7 June 2023
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YotaPower
Guilford, ME813 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The grounds and lighthouse are amazing. The climb was strenuous, but the views and the breeze were worth the effort. The staff was very knowledgeable and fun to talk with. And the view.....
Written 29 May 2023
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Alexis B
The Colony, TX7 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The view was really pretty. The amount of stairs there were and how narrow they were I was not expecting but after you get past almost dying (if you’re out of shape) . Then you’ll enjoy it a lot! The first shop was cute as well. Also learning about how the light comes through the big glass was cool.
Written 29 May 2023
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