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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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  • We really enjoyed touring this house once occupied by Ernest Hemingway many years ago. The interior took you back some decades and were as though untouched since his presence filled the rooms. The gro...  read more »
  • Loved the tour with Chris- very energetic and informative. His passion for his job was so evident. One of my favorite parts of the trip! Thank you! 
  • הבית יפה מבחוץ, שווה ביקור, הרבה פריטים ותמונות של המינגווי, שאהב לטייל בעולם, אהב את הים, החתולים בבית יפים מטופלים כמו באגדות. 
  • 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 fiancé 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.
  • We were recently married at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and could not have asked for a more beautiful location for our wedding! The location is far enough away from Duval Street that you don’t hear the noise from the bars, but it’s also close enough for everyone to walk downtown at the end of the night. We selected the Hemingway Home because it offered us the privacy we wanted (they close at 5pm, so the entire property is yours) and allowed us to host the ceremony and reception at a single location, so we didn’t have to worry about transportation for our guests. It is also one of the few venues in the Keys that can accommodate more than 80 people. Not to mention, it’s beautiful! The venue speaks for itself, so you don’t really need to bring in too many additional decorations. I also cannot say enough about Vicky! Even though we hired a wedding coordinator, she was always quick to answer my questions - which is unique when working with Key West vendors, since everyone tends to have the laid-back vibe associated with the Florida Keys. She is also extremely professional and was on-hand during the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. For anyone who is considering a Key West wedding, I highly recommend this venue. If you’re concerned about the cats, they were present, but were not an issue and we had several guests who are allergic to cats.
  • 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!
  • Very cool place to visit! Great guides that will tell you some pretty fun stories about Hemingway including some fun facts from his personal life. House is full of cats (with 6-7 toes) that are related to cats that Hemingway once had when he lived there. Apparently, it is also one of the most popular places to have a wedding!
  • The most interesting man in the world. If it weren't true, no one would believe this man's life. Great tour, exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable guides. The polydactyl cats are unbelievably adorable. A must for key west.
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