Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

4.3
#8 of 26 in Museums in Key West
Having borne witness to pirates, warfare, hurricanes, fire, and a fluctuating economy, Oldest House & Garden Museum is a testament to the history and development of the Key West area. The house was first built in 1829 in the style of a classic revival five-bay center hall, or more affectionately called a New England Bahama house. The house also features many unique maritime notes, such as horizontal pine wall boards and a ship's hatch carved into the master bedroom roof. Today the house serves as a museum and is open to the public, preserving the personal effects and furniture of its most important resident, sea captain Francis Watlington. You may wander the house at your leisure and tour the period furnishings, and then retreat to the shade of the garden. Plan trip to Key West with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Enjoyed our visit to Key West oldest house. The guide originally from Bristol UK, told us how the house was built and lots of reall interesting information, we spent ages in there. Really enjoyed it.  more »
  • Set along the street next to restaurants & shops, it's easy to pass by. Make a point to visit. $5 admission to visit to house & gardens out back. Much of the items in the house are original or donated...  more »
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  • The docents were so lovely! I went by myself and Al took me around the house and I had a wonderful time learning about its history and had great conversation on top of it. $5 well spent to learn a little about the history of key West
  • The views from the Lighthouse are spectacular. You must climb the 88 steps but it is definitely worth the effort. I must see if in Key West
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