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Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West
(4.1/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Oldest House & Garden Museum and many more Key West attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Key West tour planner.
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  • Can't go inside. Have to look through windows. Not much information. Not a big deal. But takes no time and is right on Duval. 
  • Good place to stop in for short while and learn a bit of the Key West history. If nothing else the shady back yard is a welcomed relief from the Florida sun. 
  • It's worth checking out as our trolley guide said it had some cool backstory, only takes 5 minutes, definitely worth the go through. 
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  • Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Cool place!
  • I love the Oldest House, the museum, the garden, the old cook house, all the neat events held there--all of it. I especially commend the boards that, ever the past years, have restored and maintained everything so beautifully. I've lived in KW for 21 years now, and the Oldest House is one attraction I return to often. Also, their house tours are often the best show it town.
  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Interesting stuff.
  • We loved this place! It’s an old house that a sea captain lived in back in early days of Key West and now it’s a museum. It doesn’t take long to see, plus it’s free! And there’s a nice garden in the back where you can just enjoy a bit of shade. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and she also said they have lots of weddings in the garden and my 10 year old daughter hasn’t stopped talking about “getting married at that old house in Key West when I grow up!” The place is full of historical items and artifacts from the old sea captain; it's all just so different than what we see at home - even in other parts of Europe, there are older houses, but this was still special. My son loved the model ships and there was a child’s room with old dolls that my daughter loved. It’s hard to please kids when you go to a museum and this one pleased both of them and us.
  • Awesome museum.