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The Florida Keys Sights

Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House

  • 281 Front St. Map It
  • Key West
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/12/2014

Fodor's Review

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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281 Front St., Key West, Florida, 33040, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $9
  • Daily 9:30–4:30

Updated 05/12/2014


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Oct 15, 2011

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.

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