The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West

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Take a look at a writer's creative space at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, offering short tours of the house once occupied by the Nobel Prize-winning artist. Hemingway wrote some of his best works here, including the classics "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "To Have and Have Not," and "Green Hills of Africa." Originally built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial estate style, the house is 5 m (16 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest sites on the entire island. Descendants of Hemingway's famous polydactyl cats (with six or more toes per paw) still roam the estate. Take a walk through the tropical garden, where the writer often entertained friends, or head inside to see Hemingway's writing desk, where he typed out the first drafts of many of his short stories and novels. Using our international travel planner, Key West attractions like The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Everyone in Key West has to go here, but it’s worth it. The house is super interesting, the cats are cute (and everywhere!) and the tour guides are fantastic. The line may look long, but it moves... 
    Everyone in Key West has to go here, but it’s worth it. The house is super interesting, the cats are cute (and everywhere!) and the tour guides are fantastic. The line may look long, but it moves...  more »
  • The house of the man himself, and probably the coolest place to visit Key West from a historical view. It's incredibly charming how the whole museum is his house. That, along with the memorabilia... 
    The house of the man himself, and probably the coolest place to visit Key West from a historical view. It's incredibly charming how the whole museum is his house. That, along with the memorabilia...  more »
  • It was just a lovely stop along our tour around Jet West. We got to see the famous cat while enjoying the shade and gardens. E wry thing was perfectly preserved and just left well. I’d go again. 
    It was just a lovely stop along our tour around Jet West. We got to see the famous cat while enjoying the shade and gardens. E wry thing was perfectly preserved and just left well. I’d go again.  more »
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  • A must see in Key West, especially if you are a Hemingway fan. The tours are brief but informative. You can also explore the property at your own pace. Lots to see in the yard, informative signs, beautiful plants, and (of course) the many-toed cats. They really are there. Be sure to stop along the walkways where fresh cement was laid and look for the paw prints of those very unique felines. You can also buy your choice of Hemingway literature in the great little gift shop.
  • We had the best of times at the Hemingway Home and Museum. The house is lovely and the grounds are beautiful. As someone who loves cats, this place was amazing. The six-toed cats wondering around the grounds and taking naps throughout in the house were so cool. They all could be pet and were friendly. We found the tour to be informative, giving good details about Hemingway's life, the building, and yes, even the cats. This is a must see when in the Key West.
  • Great piece if American history. Well preserved and maintained. Period furnishings and pictures were perfect. Lots of information about the life of Hemingway and others that lived in the Keys during his lifetime. Five toed cats were very friendly and a lovely addition to the tour. Cat cemetery was unique. Gift shop was well stocked with Hemingway books and memorabilia. Definitely a great place to visit while in the Key West.
  • It was a great experience. The guide showed us around the house and gave us a great deal of information about the history of Hemingway, his life, starting from childhood till the end. Made us appreciate the writer much more. The house was fascinating, but the show stoppers were the cats. They were all around, chilling, and not bothered by all the visitors. Most of us were petting them, which they happily or lazily accepted. There were some newborns too. It was delightful. If you are ever in Key West, do make it a point to visit here.
  • Awesome place to visit! Tour guides do a great job! They’re friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. Lots of beautiful things to see. Cash only for tickets. There’s 58 cats as of my visit and most are very welcome to being petted! Great stop for a key west trip.

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