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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. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Key West Edition.
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  • This place is like the ultimate cat cafe with the added twist of many six toed cats and kittens. The Hemingway house is great and the tours are frequent and entertaining. 
  • Overall I'm thankful that Ernest Hemingway's Key West home is open to the public, despite claims I've read that he specifically stated upon his death he did not wish his home open to the public. The h...  more »
  • Nice place to visit! and glad we went here! I am a Hemingway fan. Cool to see his writing studio and the grounds with cats. There are cats everywhere. 
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  • First, be aware that admission is cash only. Plan ahead! The gift shop does take cards for purchases. This was a lovely site, run by a private group. It's available for weddings! The grounds are very well-maintained, and there are always lots of cats wandering around. They seem to mostly just tolerate the visitors. The house is beautiful, but the writing studio was especially interesting.
  • I really enjoyed this place. Its rich with history. I do think the admission fee is a little steep especially if you dont take the tour it was soo packed when we went the tour was out of the question. Very small stairwells with eager tourists running up and not waiting. Be careful if you take an elderly person i had grown men come down while we were halfway up a very small staircase. Needs to be more of a path to follow through the house. I loved the house the literature and architect buff in me really appreciated the stop. I grew up with mean barn cats and am allergic so the cats running around everywhere was really off putting to me. But i understand their significance to the property. Glad we went. The ticket booth lady was very friendly as well.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Hemingway's home. It was a step back in time and it is kept in that period. Each guide told the stories of the home their own special way and the tour of the home was at a nice, leisurely pace. The grounds are well kept and the entire home and museum were spotless. And, who would I be to not mention the kitty's...This was the highlight of the tour. I sat on a bench in the afternoon sun and one of the six-toed cats jumped up on the bench and demanded my attention. I broke a small rule and let him sit on my lap for 10 minutes while I pet him. If you are a huge fan of Hemingway's, this is a must-see on your time in Key West!
  • At this point it doesn't even deserve a start rating but apparently I have to enter one in. This was my first time in Key West and I was very excited to go to the Hemingway House because I was looking for a great spot to get married at. So we didn't even make it in to the museum because the customer service lady who sells the tickets at the door told me and my fiancĂ© to leave or she was going to call the cops on us. I was no where even near this lady for her to threaten us like that. I'll back up a little bit, she was yelling at all the customers walking around to exit the premise if they didn't have a ticket one sweet lady said "I'm leaving I'm on my way out." And the customer service lady said "the world does not revolve around you!" Myself and another customer said "that's not good customer service." And she responded with "I'm actually great at my job and customer service!" And she just turned people away. The rudest lady I have ever met, especially at the Hemingway House! He would be so disgraced at this! Now the manager on duty Melanie was very nice and very apologetic which I appreciate. But I had my heart set on this place and I'm just appalled at the customer service we received. Needless to say, I'll wait to hear from the manager who is on duty during the week. But very unfortunate they lost two potential clients.
  • The Hemingway home and grounds are beautiful. Terrific tour learned a lot about the life of Ernest Hemingway. Our guide was great and looked just like Hemingway himself! Loved the history and the six-toed cat collection which are very rare. Hemingway was quite extravagant in his day indeed!