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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
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+1 305-294-2116
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was...

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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Unexpected history

The actual history of the house is different than I expected, so it was fun to be surprised! The Audubon prints on the walls are gorgeous, as is the house and the grounds. Nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ashley E
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8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The actual history of the house is different than I expected, so it was fun to be surprised! The Audubon prints on the walls are gorgeous, as is the house and the grounds. Nice, quiet spot to visit, as it wasn't too crowded when we went.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Isn't it a peaceful spot? We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review and are happy you enjoyed your time here. It's a wonderful spot to beat the heat and revive a bit! More 

Milton, Vermont
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read about this attraction and knew I wanted to visit. It is conveniently located near Mallory Square and the Custom House. I'm an avid Birdwatcher and knew quite a bit about James Audubon. I can say, I learned alot more about this amazing naturalist after touring this house. The house had a lovely garden, a quiet/peaceful oasis in... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed the property so much! It is always gratifying to see people take in all the different aspects here. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such a great review and hope you enjoyed your trip! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is near everything but was not crowded. There is one room when there are paintings of every bird found in Key West. Outside , there is a small garden area with some colorful flowers. It is worth visiting since it is near everything.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a great review! And yes, while we're close to everything, most people comment that it is a lovely oasis of calm here! We hope you had a great visit and a safe trip home! More 

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So interesting. Knowledge about James J. Audubon previously unknown. The house tour and gardens are worth the time and price of admission. Comparable to the Hemmingway House tour - do both.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Shh! Don't say the "h" word! ;) But thank you for leaving your comments! We're glad you walked away with new knowledge and yes, people should do both our museum and Hemingway's, as well as Harry Truman's Little White House! All embrace a different time period in Key West so there is very little repetitive information and something to learn... More 

Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see original Audubon prints then this is the place to go! A short tour by a very interesting guide at the beginning and then a self guided tour. The prints are amazing and the house is very interesting with many antiques. The gardens are beautiful!

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're happy that you enjoyed the Audubon work in the house and gallery. It truly is amazing to view in person. And we are pleased to hear that you appreciated our guide and gardens as well. We hope you had safe trip home and hope to see you again soon! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The garden is worth the visit, that is, if you are an avid gardener. The inside of the house is very interesting, too, with its faithful representation of period pieces/furniture and costumes. The Audobon collection is exquisite. You will learn about wreckers, Key West industry, old homes and how these are laid out, the connection to Audobon, or lack thereof,... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review! We are always pleased to see someone enjoying and appreciating all aspects of our property. We're hope you stop by again on your next visit to Key West! More 

Orange Park, Florida
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you love orchids this the place for you! So many different varieties. It was very helpful that many of the plants and trees have a sign so that you can know what kind and the various uses. Nice, beautiful, and relaxing.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed our gardens. Most people find it so deceptive from the street, and our happy to discover our little oasis! And our orchids are always a favorite, as well as the exotic palms and variety of crotons! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again! More 

Clifton, Virginia
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Don't miss this great gem. You don't need to be a bird lover to appreciate the work of James Audubon. It was semi guided, with most of the tour being self guided, which was great. We could move at our own pace. Educational and enjoyable 2 hours of our day!

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Wow, two hours!! We are so glad you enjoyed the house and gardens and took that much time to explore and relax! Thank you for visiting and we appreciate you taking the time to leave a lovely review! We hope you had a great vacation! More 

Ottawa
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128 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The boy and I were snorkling and my wife was wandering Key West for 3 hours while we were gone. She happened past here and decided to go in and see. She was so happy that she did it. If you are birders you of course know all about Audubon. She isn't one, but she does enjoy art and birds... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! We are so happy she enjoyed her time here. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments and we hope to see you again! More 

Forest Lake, Minnesota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Garden was very nice, House was well restored captains home. Audubon collection of prints was the draw. The fellow that gave us the introduction was quite uninformed about the birds in the prints and there current decline. Instead of simply saying he did not know he made a insulting remark. Should be renamed to respect the captain that lived in... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the house and grounds. We have six different guides who work in the museum and all have their particular "niche", whether it is architecture, antiques, Key West history, Audubon's actual work or gardens. Since we are not run by the Audubon Society, it can be confusing for our birders who come in... More 

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