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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  • The Hemingway House is nice and well maintained, very interesting both for its illustrious owner but also because it allows us to see how it was organized and furnished a House from the early 900 in Key West. Cats are the undisputed masters and will be everywhere. The price for the visit is high enough and still it only takes 40-50 minutes to see the whole thing
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  • We had the best guide ever! Chris was amazing! He spoke with passion, and had most of us teary when he explained Hemingway’s death. Wonderful experience because of Chris!  more »
  • To be completely honest, when the "Keys Disease" was explained to me, I scoffed a little, thinking "It's just Florida...what could be so special?" Then, this past May I took the plunge, and am glad th...  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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