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Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House

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When Key West was designated a U.S. port of entry in the early 1820s, a customhouse was established. Salvaged cargoes from ships wrecked on the reefs were brought here, setting the stage for Key West to become—for a time—the richest city in Florida. The imposing redbrick-and-terra-cotta Richardsonian Romanesque–style building reopened as a museum and art gallery in 1999. Smaller galleries have long-term and changing exhibits about the history of Key West, including a Hemingway room and a fine collection of folk artist Mario Sanchez's wood paintings. In 2011, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the railroad's arrival to Key West in 1912, a new permanent Flagler exhibit opened.

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  • Address: 281 Front St., Key West, FL, 33040 | Map It
  • Phone: 305/295–6616
  • Cost: $9
  • Hours: Daily 9:30–4:30
  • Website:
  • Location: Key West
Updated: 05-12-2014

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    Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House Review

    This was an unexpectedly interesting museum, especially the exhibit about the coming of the railroad to Key West.

    by Kimberment, 10/15/11

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