Museums and Galleries Walk, Key West

Key West offers some unique and exceptional museums related to the history and location of the city. As it is situated on an island, this place was often visited by pirates in the past, and so there are many museums about pirates. The famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived here and there is a museum dedicated to him. Key West is also the birthplace of some really famous artists. You can admire their art in the galleries on this picturesque island.This self-guided tour will take you through some of the best museums and galleries of the city.
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Museums and Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk
Guide Location: USA » Key West (See other walking tours in Key West)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: vickyc
Turtle Kraals Museum

1) Turtle Kraals Museum

The Turtle Kraals Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world. It is about sea turtles, and you can see these endangered species here. Key West was the city where turtles were canned and shipped throughout the world at a time when turtle meat was a delicacy. Before the Caribbean turtles were slaughtered, the hunters kept them in cages in the docks that were called 'kraals', hence the name of the museum.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 -...   view more
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

2) Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum (must see)

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum (formerly Shipwreck Historeum) combines actors, films and actual artifacts to tell the story of 400 years of shipwreck salvage in the Florida Keys. The museum itself is a re-creation of a 19th-century warehouse built by wrecker tycoon Asa Tift. Many of the artifacts on display are from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the Florida Keys reef and turned out to be one the richest shipwrecks in Key West's history,...   view more
Key West Museum of Art & History

3) Key West Museum of Art & History (must see)

The Key West Museum of Art & History is housed in a historical Romanesque-style building that used to be the city's Custom House and Post Office. The structure was built in 1891 with red bricks brought from New York, iron from Pennsylvania and workers from the whole of the USA. Exhibits include local history, famous personalities including Ernest Hemingway, maritime history, and works by local artists. Overall, it's a very comprehensive museum and there is also an upstairs space...   view more
Audubon Gallery

4) Audubon Gallery

Audubon Gallery is situated near Audubon House & Tropical Gardens that offer a view of tropical plants. Audubon Gallery displays original art by the outstanding ornithologist John James Audubon. Don't miss the unique gift shop in the garden.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00...   view more
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

5) Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (must see)

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th-century shipwrecks. A rotating gallery on the 2nd floor is also currently displaying an exhibit or artifacts belonging to Cuban Rafters, Balseros, who arrive to Key West in hand-crafted vessels. Terrestrial archaeological sites include The African Cemetery of Key West, located on Higg's Beach. The museum is named for founder Mel Fisher and was created as a non-profit charity organization, thus...   view more
Wyland Gallery

6) Wyland Gallery

Wyland is a world famous marine life painter and sculptor. He created many sculptures of dolphins, life sized whale, serenes, etc. Wyland Gallery in Key West displays works by Wyland and other contemporary artists. The entrance to the gallery is marked by a fountain with three dolphins, sculptures created by Wyland. The most beautiful collection is Wyland's extraordinary marine life bronzes. His art is aimed at protecting sea life.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00...   view more
Glass Reunions

7) Glass Reunions

Glass Reunions Gallery displays art made from glass by more than 200 contemporary American artists. The works include amazing collections of kaleidoscopes, fine art glass, glass sculptures, glass lamps, creative lighting. There is also gold and silver jewelry and others.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00...   view more
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

8) Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum (must see)

Ernest Hemingway's house was transformed into a museum that tells us something about the life and career of one of the most well-known American writers. This place is a National Historic Landmark that attracts crowds of tourists. This was Hemingway's home from 1931 to 1939, although he retained title to the home until he died. It is a private, for-profit landmark and tourist attraction now populated by six and seven-toed cats that are descendants of Hemingway's cats. His mansion...   view more

Walking Tours in Key West, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Key West

Create Your Own Walk in Key West

Creating your own self-guided walk in Key West is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Key West is one of the richest cities in the USA. The city is famous for its shipwrecks and also for the famous American writers who lived here. The one thing that separates this city from other cities is its world-famous sunsets. This self-guided tour will lead you to different most popular landmarks of Key West.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Key West Nightlife Walking Tour

Key West Nightlife Walking Tour

The most famous nightspots in Key West are those offering the world's most famous sunset. The city's tradition is to view the exceptional sunsets on the decks of bars. Besides the views the bars offer beer, a variety of tropical drinks and good music. This self-guided tour will lead you through the hottest nightspots of Key West.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
East Key West Walking Tour

East Key West Walking Tour

East Key West is the southernmost place in the USA. It is just 90 miles from Cuba. In this area you have the best beaches, a historical park, Key West Light which indicates the southernmost point of the USA and lots of other attractions. This self-guided tour will lead you through the eastern part of Key West showing to you some of its unique attractions and landmarks.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km

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