Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Having borne witness to pirates, warfare, hurricanes, fire, and a fluctuating economy, Oldest House & Garden Museum is a testament to the history and development of the Key West area. The house was first built in 1829 in the style of a classic revival five-bay center hall, or more affectionately called a New England Bahama house. The house also features many unique maritime notes, such as horizontal pine wall boards and a ship's hatch carved into the master bedroom roof. Today the house serves as a museum and is open to the public, preserving the personal effects and furniture of its most important resident, sea captain Francis Watlington. You may wander the house at your leisure and tour the period furnishings, and then retreat to the shade of the garden. Plan trip to Key West with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • A nice, inexpensive tour right in the middle of town. Tour was interesting. Takes less than 30 minutes.  more »
  • This we happened upon one of the ghost tours that we took. I never heard of it before and our ghost tour guide taught us so much history about it and it was very interestingly. You really have to pay....  more »
  • Beautiful structure in the heart of Key West. Built 1829, was moved to its current location at 322 Duval Street shortly after being built in a different location of Key West. Amazing place for...  more »
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  • The docents were so lovely! I went by myself and Al took me around the house and I had a wonderful time learning about its history and had great conversation on top of it. $5 well spent to learn a little about the history of key West
  • The views from the Lighthouse are spectacular. You must climb the 88 steps but it is definitely worth the effort. I must see if in Key West
  • What a beautiful home! The tour guide was extremely interesting with many great stories on the history of this venue. A separate cook house (cooking in this era was done in a separate cook house as opposed to in the home). No fees, except a donation jar. I recommend this stop!
  • Beautiful place to visit! Highly suggested you go here as the gardens are gorgeous. We actually had our wedding ceremony here in February of 2019 with around 30 guests and Matt and Andy were beyond helpful and kind! They made sure everything was perfect and it was! Cannot suggest visiting this place enough. Beautiful gardens, great museum and history and friendly help! Thank you guys!!!
  • NOT FREE, or worth the $5 admission fee. “Garden” is more like a nice backyard with one cool tree. It’s an old house... Tour guide seemed nice enough, but disoriented and emitted a bad odor.

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