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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  • Very interesting and informative guided tour. Friendly tour guide with an awesome sense of humor. You will learn a lot about Ernest Hemingway. Some things may surprise you... or not. Beautiful cats ro...  more »
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  • A great guided tour and you get to fuss cats! What more could you ask for! Very informative about Ernest Hemingway and his life. And plenty of cats. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • I love this place. If you got yourself in Key West, you definitely should go there. Its extremely interesting. Lady who was our guide is friendly and she love her job I should say. Plus there is many cats with interesting background, i will attach picture of their paw. They also will provide you with booklet on many languages, there you will find information that could be interesting about Hemingway and his mansion. You won't regret this interesting experience at Hemingway house.
  • This was my third time to Key West, but my first time to the EH Home and Museum. I wish I'd been before, because now I'd like to visit each time. It's a time-warp back to the origins of what made the town so unique in all the world, and on top of that a detail-rich peek into the life of one of the world's greatest writers. I was fascinated by the descriptions and intricate stories told by my group's guide, Doug. He was great! Everyone from entrance attendant to gift shop staff, and of course including my guide was top-notch in a Key West, easy-going, hospitable, and friendly way. Thank you!
  • Interesting tour on the life and home of this famous author. The cats roaming around the property are a nice link to the past. It's okay to pet them, too. The house is beautiful and is, to my surprise, Air conditioned. The tour guides are full of fun little stories and facts about his life, the history of key west and that of the house. Highly recommend this tour.
  • Not easy to park your car there. Affordable admission fee. Good organized excursions, many languages available. Employees very friendly, really fan's of Hemingway and excellent educated. Museum was very clean, plenty of noticeable signs for your convenience. Highly recommended.
  • Such a beautiful relaxing place. The gardens are fabulous! The house amazing! Check out the cool bathroom tile. Great tour guides. So much history in this house. Whether you are a Hemingway fan or not put this on your tour list! The cats are adorable you find them in the most unexpected places in the house and grounds!
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