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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  • We enjoyed this tour. The particular guide that we had was very funny and didn’t offer that much information about the property. But he was funny. It is a beautiful property and all the many 6 toed ca...  more »
  • We had a great tour guide for this house. We were hot and it was crowded so we didn't explore as much as I would have liked. But we were all fascinated by the history and will be buying a Hemingway bo...  more »
  • We enjoyed this much more than expected all because of our wonderful tour guide! I am so sorry I can't remember her name! She was so full of knowledge and very demonstrative! She really made it a lot ...  more »
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  • I enjoyed the tour. After viewing, I pondered at the thought of how lovely that area would have been before it was popular. Museum was short and sweet Will likely visit again with others. Some have commented about the odor- It's an old unoccupied house in a moist climate and there are cats so it's not "spring fresh." If you have a cat allergy be aware, otherwise, stop in.
  • Love, love, loved visiting this house! Such a beautiful house and cute cats every where! My family and I luckily went on day that wasn't full so we didn't have to wait in line. I can't not remember our tour guides name, he was a older man but he was awesome and funny. I think my favorite Hemingway story would have to be about the swimming pool and penny. My kids were loving on the cats and you can definitely tell the cats like the attention, it was neat seeing some with 6 toes. Hemingway's "man cave" was neat as well. Planning on visiting again. 3/9/19
  • Overall a very worthwhile visit. Chris, our tour guide, was enthusiastic and shared so many pieces of information about Hemingway and his life. Cats were elusive but when seen were majestic. The landscaping was beautiful. The photographs on the walls took you back in time. It makes me want to read and reread everyone of Hemingway’s books. One tour guide, Sarah, was rude to me as I was sitting down close to a cat watering hole. She told me I had to move because she had a tour. There are dozens and dozens of people milling around ALL OVER that weren’t on tours. It’s just something you need to be able to flow with. To contrast, our guide wasn’t phased at all when people walked through our group; he continued with his discussion as if it didn’t happen. An example of a true professional.
  • So enjoyed walking the veranda at the Hemingway house!! The kitty's were present everywhere! My son was able to pet several! A wonderful step back in time!! If anyone is interested in beautiful plants and cool greenery you can sit on several of the benches on the grounds!They do have tours available if you chose to go on them included with your admission fee!!
  • Came up from Miami to spend a day while the weather is still comfortable. Decided to visit places I have not been to since I was a child and Hemingway House was one of my stops. Liked the grounds, the stories and most of the house. Could do without the Hollywood memorabilia, but maybe it's helpful to those who don't know much about Ernest Hemingway. House is lovely and is well kept and your guides did and excellent job providing visitors with information on Hemingway, his life and the property. Glad I visited. Was worth the modest entry fee.
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