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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-1136
http://www.hemingwayhome.com/
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Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Key West was the writer's home from 1931-1939. Guests can visit the home 365 days a year, and guided tours are available ... Read more
for a fee. The home, an impressive Spanish Colonial style mansion was built in 1851 and is still the largest residential home in Key West. The house still contains Hemingway's furniture and there are many unique features to learn about including a penny embedded in the swimming pool, a urinal in the garden and several cats on the property which are descendants of Hemingway's own cats.

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New York City

This is one of the coolest part of Key West, the history. Most people forget that the keys were home to a lot of artists and thinkers back in the day. This home is beautiful and it leaves you wondering what it was like when Hemingway was living here. If you want a little bit of culture with the Keys, this is the place to go to.

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Brooklyn

Quick culture trip for your stay in Key West. Not super enriching but good to break up the eating, drinking , and beach scene. The line may seem long but it moves rather quickly. Somewhat generic facts about Hemingway adorn the two story home.

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Miramar

I like history and all that, and I got to learn more about Hemingway's life (including the fact that his ship was named like me), but the 5 stars is because of the 53 kitty cats that live there.

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Very interesting for Florida history. The house is beautiful and good to learn the history.

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Fort Myers Beach

The Hemingway House they provide an interesting tour for history or literature buffs.

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San Diego

You can enjoy a very interesting tour with the docents, or you you can just wander the grounds on your own. The cats are great, all named after characters or actors. Don't miss the cemetery for them too.

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Belmont

A must see part of your trip to Key West. Can be long lines. But worth it. Beautiful house!

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Lowell
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This is a great trip and a do not miss if you know anything about Ernest Hemingway. The story of his life is told while the tour goes through his home and his yard. I enjoyed this so much and highly recommend it to all.

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Parker

This historic home is left to us almost just as it would have been when Hemingway lived in it. Even the original furniture is still there. A great experience for both kids and adults.

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Pinckney

If I told someone there was Must Go place, this is a high spot for Key West History. A hint is to go early or on a day there is not a Cruise Ship in port. This is a nice walk of about 5 blocks from where you are staying

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Local from Key West

Though the house was originally built in 1851, it's claim to fame is that Ernest “Papa” Hemingway lived there from 1931 until 1939. He wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not, among others. His 2nd wife, Pauline, had the island’s first private swimming pool built on the property for a pretty penny. First editions of Hemingway’s writings and photos of his life are on display, and some of his actual furnishings are intact. Many of the 6-toed cats that roam the property are supposedly descendants of Papa’s own six toed-cat, Snowball. Expect absurdly long lines on cruise-ship days.

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Very interesting to learn about the life of Mr. Hemingway. And when else can you see 6 toe cats!

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Philadelphia

http://hemingwayhome.com I dig this brief tour. Stop by on your way to or back from Blue Heaven. Buy the double Museum ticket with The Shipwreck Museum/Hemmingway House Combo.

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Hartford
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Ernest Hemingway's house is a beautiful sight to see regardless of being a bookworm or not. Visitors can see how such a private paradise and surrounding island bliss inspired creative writing.

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Rochester

It was interesting to see the house that Ernest Hemingway called home in Key West. Of course, the highlight of the house was all of the cats on the property.

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Plano

The historic Hemmingway house provides several tours daily where you can get to know this famous Key West author more intimately, and meet the 6 toed cats!

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Chicago

If you have kids with you or anyone interested in history.. This is the place to be. Wonderful place which takes you back to a different era..

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San Luis Obispo

Key West parties hard, day and night. But when you've had too many daiquiris and laid in the sun until you're practically a raisin, you may want a break from the beach scene. Take a quirky tour of the house Ernest Hemingway once lived in, now filled with memorabilia, manuscripts and most famously, six-toed cats.

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Concord

Great tour, crazy 6 and 7 toed cats everywhere, for sure a must when in the Keys!

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Saugerties

Fun tour. Learn about Ernest's adventurous live in war, fishing, and in love.

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Aliases: Ernest Hemingway Museum, Hemingway House

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