The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. The Museum is available for weddings and corporate events. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for its importance in U.S. History. Grand Architecture, Lush Gardens, Educational Tours, Book Store/Gift Shop and the world famous Poly dactyl (six-toed cats).
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  • CatMom
    49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Attraction in Key West
    The Ernest Hemingway house is a must-do attraction in Key West! It was a unique experience and fun to see the 6-toed cats running around the property. The only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars because its a little pricey. My husband and I paid $40 to walk around his house and see see the cats outside. It only took us about 30 mins to take some pictures and then leave. Some of the gardens were not accessible due to staff setting up for a wedding at the property later that day. Overall, it was a fun experience!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Sharon N
    Palm City, Florida105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Tour
    Must see in Key West. The guided tour was very interesting. It gets a little crowded so the best time to go may be first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Hemingway was an interesting character!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • andrew g
    Frederick, Maryland42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than I thought it would be
    Tour was recommended by a friend. Frankly I wasn’t sure I was up for a guided tour in a crowded house on a hot day but decided to give it a go. Glad I did. Several points to note: a) our guide was Sarah and she was excellent - know the facts and kept it light and fun and encouraged the group to stay on longer and tour by ourselves if we wanted to get into more details, b) tour is only 30 mins long and provides enough insight to make you want to spend some additional time at the house, c) fun seeing all the cats (and I am not a big cat lover), d) fans in the rooms provide sufficient cooling and e) it’s cash only (was $18 per person when we were there), f) even though it seemed crowded at the gate it wasn’t too crowded inside.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Vi
    San Diego, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    **A Key West Must See**
    We ended our Caribbean cruise in Florida with a 4 day stay in Ft Lauderdale and a day trip to Key West. It's a 4 hour drive, but when you're a Hemingway fan, you gotta go see the Hemingway Home And Museum. A tour lasts about an hour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable of Hemingway's life and want you to ask questions. There is a sense of pride in showing off artifacts and pictures and the cats throughout the home. I really enjoyed it and consider this trip crossed off on my small bucket list!
    Visited March 2019
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Bill Tuominen
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Old Man and the....cats?
    The guided tour was a bit pricey, but worth it. I have a degree in writing and am a Hemingway fan for decades, and still learned details from his life that I was unaware of. Go early, because there is no a/c during most of the tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Robin B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely take the guided tour!
    We had an amazing time! I knew I wanted to go, but was overwhelmed by how awesome it was. It's 100% worth the trip! I'm normally a self guided kind of girl, but we waited for the tour and were not disappointed! Our guide was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and hilarious! She made the experience amazing! 10/10 would recommend and would go back!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Nancy S
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great insight to an American Classic
    This was our third visit. It is a wonderful museum and perfectly preserved. The guided tour (included) points out many significant items that represent Hemingway’s life, humor and satire. My favs are the cats with extra toes, the last penny H said his wife had squandered when she took out his boxing court and installed the biggest (still) private pool in KY, and the cat fountain (a horizontal urinal).
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • toadsoup
    Chicago, Illinois814 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    We loved the Hemingway House - especially seeing all the cats lounging around us. Six-toed cats! Our guide, Scott (I believe) was amazing and very informative. They only take cash but the admission price even at $18 a person was worth it. Take your time and mosey around the impressive house and outdoor settings, pet a few cats, and emerge yourself in history.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Louise
    Dinas Powys, United Kingdom16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting view of a legend
    This is a walk I tour and you will need cash as they don’t take cards ( but they do in the shop! ) - guided tour worth doing although you will need to go through again to see everything ( where I noticed our tour guide missed some bits of trivia that other guides were saying but guess they all have their own style). I am not a cat person but they were quite sweet and the six toes story is fun ( although definite smell of cat wee in places !!). Quite pricey at $18 but a must see i the Keys and if it helps maintain the house then it’s worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Philipengs
    Pelham, Canada140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good choice while in KW
    You might as well do it while in KW. Not a boring museum. Takes abot an hour or so. EH is so famous why nit check out his haunch. 58i cats there decendants on EH's cats. Reasonably priced.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 May 2023
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JLG78
Bristol, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This house is a must see when in Key West, its really interesting to learn about Hemingway, what brought him to Key West and his life there - I definitely recommend doing the tour rather than walking it by yourself - our guide Jamie was excellent, so enthusiastic and we learnt a lot about Hemingway's life. My kids enjoyed it (14 and 11 years) and especially meeting all the cats, some with 6 toes!
Written 19 April 2024
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Kristina G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Wow - I knew some about Ernest Hemingway but was blown away learning more about him. Our guide Scottie was amazing and did such an incredible job sharing about Ernest’s life. Plus there are so many adorable cats on site which have an amazing story to them as well! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Written 18 April 2024
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Travel25346533585
168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wonderful House that was even featured in a James Bond Movie. The great writer has been enjoyed by fans across the years. What was a total surprise was the 6 toed cats. We love Cats so this was a huge bonus.
Written 10 April 2024
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Calondra B.
Houston, TX606 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This Key West visit was in March 2023, I was going to enter the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum until I learned there were over 50 polydactyl (6 toed cats). According to one visitor we met leaving the museum, she said the cats were everywhere you looked inside. I’m afraid of cats so this visit was off my itinerary, thereby 3/5 rating. I was disappointed.

However, I did get some great pictures of the house 5/5. The yard is lush with tropical plants and a tall fence surrounds the property. It’s located at an intersection, so you can view all sides of the upper 2 story house. The museum admission entrance allows you access full vantage points.

The side of the property we walked by had a delivery entrance and the cutest free book stand. Key West is definitely a walkable town with great sites to visit and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Written 8 April 2024
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Susan M
Virginia Beach, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was very interesting to visit Hemingway’s home. We went on a 30 minute guided tour and learned some interesting facts about Hemingway’s life. I saw some people went on unguided tours but I would highly recommend going with a tour guide to learn more about Hemingway’s life. Price was reasonable and my teen daughter got student discount. It was cool to see all the cats who still live at the house.
Written 8 April 2024
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Jai S
50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Not sure what all the hype is about - thought it was kinda boring. Maybe it’s because we missed the guided tour because it was too busy. Admission price is a rip off in my opinion - somebody in the Hemingway estate is laughing all the way to the bank.
Written 7 April 2024
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famllylovestotravel
Galax, VA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I really enjoyed this place. Loved all the cats wandering around. Take the guided tour, I learned a lot and the guide was great . Such a lovely house.
Written 7 April 2024
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Gwyn G
Cincinnati, OH7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We took an Uber from our hotel to visit but left when we saw the line to enter stretched an entire block. We resolved to find a better time to return. Next day, different time, same issue. We decided to wait and were glad as the line moved quickly. Inside, we wandered on our own, checked out the cats and relaxed in the outside gardens. This experience can be completely casual, exploring on your own, or joining a group tour. You can stay as long as you like and make this experience your own. Recommend.
Written 6 April 2024
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN2,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our family didn’t know a ton about Ernest Hemingway before visiting but we knew this was a big deal in Key West. We actually really enjoyed the visit and are glad we went. We followed along with the tour group through the main house and then walked on our own once it went outside. His writing studio and the pool were definitely highlights.
Written 6 April 2024
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Jane S
Prescott, AZ63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was my husband's idea - and I am glad he insisted. It was completely worth it. The tour guides were all excellent. The grounds were lovely. I loved learning about his life, his wives, his friends and even his 6-toed cats. Surprisingly, my 16yo also enjoyed the visit! He listed it as one of his favorite activities in Key West.
Written 5 April 2024
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