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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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Address: 281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040-8313
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+1 305-295-6616

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You Can't Miss It !

If you are in Key West, stroll onto Front Street and take in the beautiful artwork - you can't miss it! In front of the Key West Art and Historical Custom House Museum, you will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Key West, stroll onto Front Street and take in the beautiful artwork - you can't miss it! In front of the Key West Art and Historical Custom House Museum, you will see a giant statue of a sailor kissing a nurse from World War II. It is a scene from 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. This... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of changes, we had time to stop here. The building is interesting in itself and the exhibits were a great way to learn some history about Key West and the building of the railroad along with the years the navy has been there. One of my highlights was an exhibit of Guy Harvey's illustrations of Hemingways The Old Man... More 

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Key West
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum is just filled with information about the history of Key West, From the building of the Railroad to its destruction in the 1935 hurricane and then after that the building of the Highway US 1 that connected the Keys to the mainland.by car. The Great Depression, Hemingway in Key West and the history of the Navy in Key... More 

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Winston Salem
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An exceptional museum that provides a concise history of Key West as well as a remarkable collection of art works from local artists. I was most impressed with the exhibit detailing the construction of the Florida East Coast railroad by Henry Flagler. The engineering for this railroad from Miami including the Seven Mile bridge is fascinating and awe inspiring. A... More 

2 Thank David B
Fair Haven, New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

The Old Customs House is a beautiful building, both outside and in. The exhibits cover the fascinating history of the Navy in Key West, Earnest Hemingway's life and fifty-plus line drawings buy Guy Harvey illustrating the text of The Old Man and the Sea. Well worth an hour or two of your time.

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Meriden, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

If you have seen all the main attractions, this may be worth a small amount of your time. The outside of the building and the outdoor sculptures are awesome. Inside, there are changing exhibits. I would give this a solid C.

Thank Kim S
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

If you love Seward Johnson's sculpture garden near Princeton, New Jersey - than you will love the sculptures around the Custom House starting with the huge statue in front of the sailor and the nurse kissing - famous photo from WWII. Go around the back and see others as well as on the porch too. However, you have to go... More 

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Slidell, Louisiana
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This is for the adults in the family. This building in the center of town, has a lot of paintings and sculptures. A very big display of hemingway's work. Well worth the entry fee to this building. There is also a display owned the building of the sea highway.

Thank VA45
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

This museum is worth at least 2-3 hours. It showcases the importance of Key West to American history over the last 200 years. The influence of the military in the development of the area's history cannot be overestimated. From the development of trade, to the Spanish American War, to the building and destruction of Flagler's railroad, it is all here!

Thank madamegadfly
Boulder Colorado
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is a beautiful building and it is easy to imagine all the goods coming in and out of it, people in their offices registering cargoes! Meanwhile the exhibits of both art and history are informative and quick, meaning that you can learn a lot without having to stand for hours reading small cards. HIghly recommend it.

Thank Houssie

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