Arts Directory

Museums, History & Nature

CRANE POINT MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER

743-9100 5550 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

This unique 63-acre site is home to the Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site, Marathon Wild Bird Center and an extensive nature trail system that leads through a dense tropical forest to a spectacular view of Florida Bay.

CUSTOM HOUSE MUSEUM

295-6616 281 Front St. at the corner of Greene St., Key West, FL 33040

Galleries feature several changing art history exhibitions of local, national, and international scope. "Remember the Maine," is an ongoing exhibit devoted to the famous battleship and the Spanish-American War. The imposing red brick and terra-cotta building is a tour in itself.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM

294-1575 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040

This unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. Open 365 days a year from 9am to 5pm.

FLORIDA KEYS ECO-DISCOVERY CENTER

809-4750 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33070

Enter the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater. The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Admission is free! (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY & DISCOVERY FOUNDATION

522-0948 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Non-profit organization with a mission to provide for the development and operation of an interactive, multi-disciplinary educational center located at the Florida Keys Conference Center at the Islander Resort.

FORT EAST MARTELLO MUSEUM AND GALLERY

296-3913 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040

Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adults-$6, Students-$3, Children under 6-Free. Housed in a historic Civil War fort, the museum features artifacts from Key West's history plus a large collection of painted woodcarvings by Mario Sanchez, and the sculpture of junkyard artist Stanley Papio.

FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR HISTORIC STATE PARK

295-0037 Southard Street on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33040

Fort Taylor is a perfect example of the wealth of history Florida has to offer. The park, which now covers a total of 54 acres, is a National Historic Landmark that played a significant role in Florida's early development. Tours of the historic fort are offered daily. Key West's BEST BEACH offers beach equipment & watersport rentals: floats, chairs, snorkel gear, etc. Call for information about activities, rental equipment and the Cayo Hueso Cafe.

FRIENDS OF FORT TAYLOR

293-3678 Fax 292-6881 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33041

Civil War Days, Located at Fort Taylor Historic State Park, Key West,FL.

HARRY S. TRUMAN LITTLE WHITE HOUSE MUSEUM

292-9911 Fax 294-9988 111 Front St. inside the Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33040

Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tours every 15 minutes from 9 until 4:30. Free exhibit rooms. The American Winter White House used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter has guided tours, changing exhibits and a museum shop. Truman Legacy Symposium held annually; for more information visit www.Trumansymposium.com.

HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM

664-9737 82990 Overseas Hwy - MM 83, Islamorada, FL 33036

Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The History of Diving Museum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution focused on the Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The museum offers over 3,000 square feet of exhibits featuring historic and rare diving artifacts as well as hands-on exhibits, videos, and fun photo opportunities. Immerse yourself in the history and evolution of diving. Don't forget to visit the Museum Store for great diving-related gifts!

KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

295-6616 Fax 295-6649 281 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040

Membership open to general public. Meets year-round; meetings announced in quarterly newsletter for the special events being offered. Activities include Key West Museum of Art & History, self-guided tours of East Martello Fort and Museum, Key West Lighthouse, various receptions and exhibitions of an art, cultural and historical nature.

KEY WEST FIREHOUSE MUSEUM

292-8179 1026 Grinnell St. Corner of Virginia & Grinnell, Key West, FL 33040

A museum honoring the history of firefighting in Key West. Restoration of the 2-story brick Fire Station #3 originally built in 1907 is complete. Call 292-8179 and ask for Alex Vega for information and how you can help!

KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB

294-3210 1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040

Floral Tapestry flower show in March, permanent exhibition at W. Martello Tower

KEY WEST HOLIDAY HISTORIC INN TOUR

295-1334 Fax 295-1285 316A Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040

The holiday season is one of the most enchanting and beautiful times to visit Key West, and the annual Historic Lighted Inn Tour captures the essence of our tropical island.

KEY WEST HOUSE & GARDEN TOURS

294-9501 Fax 294-4509 P.O. Box 689, Key West, FL 33041

December through March, visitors will be enchanted by exquisite restorations and creative renovations surrounded by lush tropical gardens and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more.

KEY WEST LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM & KEEPERS QUARTERS

305-295-6616 938 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 33040

Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Closed Christmas Day. Climb the 88 steps of the old Key West Lighthouse for one of the best views of Key West and surrounding waters. See the lenses and technology that made the lighthouse function and explore a faithful recreation of the lighthouse keeper's residence.

KEY WEST MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY

292-7903 P.O. Box 695, Key West, FL 33041

A Society for the study, appreciation, and preservation of the maritime heritage of the Florida Keys. Lectures, field trips, exhibits, publications and special events. Award-winning FLORIDA KEYS SEA HERITAGE JOURNAL published quarterly.

KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

296-1504 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040

Open daily 10-4. $5.00 donation requested. Mailing address is P.O. Box 2436, Key West, FL 33045-2436 The last undeveloped native hardwood hammock in the environs of Key West. 5 self guided tours wind through more than 11 acres of native plants and habitat that includes a number of champion trees. Shady tranquil beauty perfect for families and nature lovers to enjoy.

KEYS HISTORY & DISCOVERY CENTER

305-922-2237 82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036

The Keys History & Discovery Center occupies a two-story facility encompassing 7,500 square feet. The ground floor will explore unique ecology of the Florida Keys as well as the incredible history associated with the island chain  especially the history of the Upper Keys. The second floor will host a series of traveling exhibitions reflecting upon the nature, art or history of the Florida Keys. The geographic emphasis is on the Upper Keys, but will encompass other areas to tell the stories in a way that will preserve our history in a meaningful, educational and entertaining manner. Major themes of interest are the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, the Flagler Railroad, as well as our fishing and maritime heritage. We will regularly host exhibits and special events, as well as undertake projects that fit with our mission and vision. The Keys History & Discovery Center will feature a 40-seat state-of-the-art movie theater and the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library.

LOFTON SANDS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN MUSEUM & RESOURCE CENTER

295-7337 324 Truman Ave., Key West, FL 33040

Open Mondays 1-5 p.m. & Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12 noon, or by appointment. A vehicle for preserving and educating the public about the history and cultural contributions of the African Bahamian Community. Features traveling exhibits and a collection of docuemtns and artifacts, a research archive and special programs.

MARATHON GARDEN CLUB

743-4971 5270 Overseas Highway - MM 50, Marathon, Florida 33050

A not-for-profit educational organization in the heart of the Florida Keys offering annual House & Garden Tours, floral design workshops, plant sales & a variety of festivals. Meets the 3rd Friday (Oct-May), free and open to the public.

MATECUMBE HISTORICAL TRUST

Irving Eyster 664-9504 Islamorada, FL

Board meetings monthly, call for dates & times; Quarterly meeting with lectures and slide shows, call for dates and locations.

MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE SOCIETY & MUSEUM

294-2633 Fax 294-5671 200 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040

The 1910 building houses a permanent collection that includes treasure from the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The treasure includes gold and silver bars, coins, and chains, as well as centuries-old cannons and ships' tools. Discover the thrill of treasure-hunting by learning the story of Mel Fisher's quest for the Atocha, while discovering the intricacies of maritime history and the tragedies of shipwrecks.

PELICAN POOP SHOPPE

292-9955 314 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Garden tours $2. In 1928, this building became Ernest Hemingway's first Key West residence where he would write "A Farewell to Arms" and fall in love with the island. Tour Key West's most exotic atrium garden and absorb the history hidden inside the island's most unusual home. Mary Ann Oosterhoudt,Owner Tom Oosterhoudt, Manager

PIGEON KEY HISTORIC DISTRICT & GIFT SHOP

743-5999 Fax 289-1065 P.O. Box 500130, Marathon, FL 33050

Guided tours available. Transportation provided by ferry service. Pigeon Key Marine Science Center offering marine based environmental education.

THE OLDEST HOUSE MUSEUM

294-9502 322 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040

This museum offers a peek into the life of a wrecking family. Memorabilia and documents from the salvage trade plus marine artwork by a variety of artists.