November 20, 2017

Key West: Free Museum Weekend (Shipwrecks, Coral Reefs + Lighthouses)

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The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

I wasn’t planning to write about Key West, Florida today, but then I saw this post about the first annual Key West Museum Weekend. Guess what, you can get free access to 11 museums and attractions in Key West this weekend only (August 20-21). What a great way to enjoy Key West as a family (though to be honest, you’ll probably need to get a hotel room if you want to maximize your free admission weekend).

I went to Key West for Spring Break my fourth year of college, but to be honest, there wasn’t much museum-hopping going on then (bar-hopping, maybe). I honestly had no idea there were so many interesting attractions in Key West. Here’s a quick glimpse at a handful of the stops you and your kids can enjoy for free on Saturday and Sunday when you present this free pass.

  • The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum: Located in the heart of Old Town Key West, this is the home of one of America’s most famous authors who lived and wrote here for ten years. Walk through the rooms and gardens that played a role in the life of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career. Take a historic home tour, but watch out for the more than 60 cats that make this home their home.
  • Flagler Station Over-Sea Railway Historeum: Your kids will love the reconstructed Key West train terminal, complete with a themed mercantile store, railroad memorabilia and turn of the century dolls and toys. Walk through a railroad car and watch a short film, “The Day the Train Arrived,” on highlights of the arrival of the first train into Key West from New York.
  • Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center: You and your family will learn all about the plants and animals native to the Florida Keys. Be sure to also check out the Living Reef exhibit, featuring a 2,500 gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, at the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Key West Lighthouse Museum: Climb the 88 steps to the observation decks for some spectacular views of much of Key West and the nearby ocean. Watch a short video on the Key West Lighthouse and take a look at the restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters to see how they and their families lived.
  • Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum: Go back in time to learn how Key West once became the richest city in the United States. Climb the 65 foot lookout tour and learn more about the wrecking industry and what Key West once was. Take a look at artifacts from the shipwreck, Isaac Allerton, and learn more from actors and films.

In addition to the above, you can also gain free admission to Fort East Martello, Key West Art Center, The Studios of Key West, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House, Old Island Restoration and Truman Little White House. Several of the attractions are priced around $15 for adults (less for kids), so this really is a great weekend to stop in to save and see what Key West has to offer your family.

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