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Florida Keys Museums

Location: Key West | Marathon | Islamorada | Key Largo

Key West


  • Mel Fisher Maritime Museum - Discover the history of Spanish galleons at this maritime museum. Exhibits include historical artifacts, sunken treasures, hands-on displays and much more.

    200 Greene Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-2633

  • Wrecker’s Museum - Located in the oldest house in Key West, the Wrecker’s Museum features ship models, 19th century documents, maritime artifacts and more. The house was built circa 1829 and was the home of merchant seaman and “wrecker” Capt. Francis B. Watlington.

    322 Duval Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 295-9502

  • Harry S Truman Little White House - Today it is Florida’s only presidential museum, but when the wooden duplex was built in 1890 it served as Naval officers’ quarters. Later it was converted into a single-family house dwelling, and over the years it hosted many distinguished guests including President Truman, Thomas Edison, President Dwight Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy and President Jimmy Carter. Guided and self-guided tours of the home are available daily.

    111 Front Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-9911

  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - The Hemingway home is a National Historic Landmark and a popular Key West attraction. Guided tours are available of the home and gardens where the Nobel Prize-winning author penned some of his most well known novels. Descendents of Hemmingway’s family of cats still roam the premises.

    907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-1136

  • Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage - This site features original furnishings, rare antiques and other artifacts. Stroll through the flower garden and listen to recordings of Robert Frost reading his poetry. Pirate folklore, orchid gardens, poetry festival events and writing workshops are held here.

    410 Caroline Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 296-3573

  • East Martello Fort and Museum - This museum is housed within the eight-foot thick brick and granite walls of the East Martello Battery. Visitors can browse the fort and learn Key West’s military history from the Civil War through the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 296-3913

  • Key West Lighthouse Museum - Climb the 88 steps to the balcony of the Key West Lighthouse and enjoy the fabulous view of the island and surrounding waters. Built in 1847, with an additional 20 feet added to its height in 1894, the tower was decommissioned in 1969. The Light Keepers Quarters is now home to a collection of lighthouse artifacts.

    938 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-0012

  • Key West Museum of Art and History - Visit this museum located at the Custom House for a lesson in Key West history, as well as an interesting look inside the historically restored building. Built in 1891, it required 917,000 bricks shipped from New York; iron from Pennsylvania; and the workmanship of dozens of masons, more than 100 carpenters and other laborers from all over the US.

    281 Front Street Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 295-6616

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not - Ripley’s Key West Museum features 13 galleries filled with more than 500 exhibits of oddities and interactive displays. All ages will enjoy a trip through this peculiar museum.

    108 Duval Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 293-9939


  • Audubon House and Tropical Gardens - This site is a special treat for art lovers, antique enthusiasts and nature lovers. Located in a restored early 19th century home, this museum features antique furnishings, art galleries, lush gardens, a gift shop and more. Also featured are original hand water colored lithographs and engravings by John James Audubon that date back to the mid 1800s.

    205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-2116

  • Turtle Kraals Museum - The world’s only sea turtle museum, Turtle Kraals is located at the site of Key West’s first turtle cannery. Learn the history of the industry through exhibits and photographs, and view a live sea turtle.

    200 Margaret Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-0209

  • Loften B. Sands African-Bahamian Museum - View vintage photos and
    memorabilia that depict the nearly 200-year history of Key West's Black
    community. The museum is named after the master electrician who built the
    1928 home in which it is located.

    324 Truman Ave., Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 295-7337

  • San Carlos Institute - The San Carlos Institute was founded in 1871 by
    Cuban immigrants. Today, it contains a research library and a museum
    featuring the history of Key West and 19th- and 20th-century Cuban exiles.

    516 Duval St., Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-3887
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Marathon

  • Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys - Explore the Keys of yesteryear at the Museum of Natural History, where you’ll find a 600 year-old dugout canoe, remnants of pirate ships and a simulated coral reef cave. Exhibits focus on native Keys inhabitants, early explorers, pioneers and Flagler railroad developers. Also on display is the Bellarmine jug, a shipwreck artifact circa 1580, which was found in 1980 in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida Keys.

    Crane Point, MM 50.5, Bayside, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 743-9100

  • Children’s Museum - The kids will enjoy this interactive museum, where they can climb aboard the 17th century galleon, "Los Ninos de Los Cayos," and find pirate clothes and treasure. They’ll learn about native shells of the Florida Keys through the museum’s shell collection, and they can examine horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures in the museum’s touch tanks.

    Crane Point, MM 50.5, Bayside, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 743-9100

  • Pigeon Key Museum - Located on Pigeon Key, where Flagler railroad workers lived, this museum houses memories of the railroad’s construction. The museum is actually a restored home where several families lived during the construction era and through the years. Today, hundreds of postcards and early photos of the island are on display inside the home. A display model of the 7 Mile Bridge details the construction process.

    MM 47, Oceanside, Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 743-5999

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Islamorada

  • Somewhere in Time - Browse this museum’s collection of shipwreck remnants including treasure coins and other artifacts. The onsite gift shop features handcrafted jewelry, swords, muskets and more.

    MM 82, Islamorada, FL
    Phone: (305) 664-9737
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Key Largo

  • History of Diving Museum - The History of Diving Museum tells the international story of mankind’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. Come visit us and marvel at the ingenuity and bravery of inventors over the ages and be thankful for advancements in technology that have lead to modern day SCUBA. The Museum features the world’s largest international collection of diving helmets and artifacts and an incomparable Museum Store featuring distinctive diving-related gifts. Plan your Florida Keys dive profile to include an immersion into the culture and heritage of diving.

    82990 Overseas Hwy
    MM 83 Bayside
    Islamorada FL 33036
    Phone. (305)-664-9737
    History of Diving website.

  • Maritime Museum of the Florida Keys - Located a half-mile south of Pennekamp Park, the non-profit Maritime Museum of the Florida Keys features shipwreck treasures, treasure salvage techniques and hands-on exhibits for the kids.

    MM102, Key Largo, FL
    Phone: (305) 451-6444


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