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Custom House Museum

Visit this historic work of architecture to explore an award-winning museum, learn about the early Key West community and gaze across the Key West Harbor.

Learn about local culture and history and see local artworks at the Custom House Museum, a four-story building overlooking Key West Harbor. The museum is affectionately known as “Old 91” and was originally built as Key West’s custom house, post office and district court.

Begin your day at the museum by studying its fascinating architecture. Built in 1891, the Custom House is an example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Take a self-guided tour to learn about the significance of the architecture and the way it indicated a rising upper class in the region.

While the architecture is fascinating in its own right, the main attraction of the Custom House today is the museum housed within. See more than 25,000 items that trace out the history of Key West and its residents. Learn the stories of the people that helped shape the town as you read through letters, postcards and archives. Alongside these texts you’ll find paintings and textiles from the early years of the town. The permanent collections focus on a range of topics including Ernest Hemingway's time in Key West and spans two floors of the building and has earned the Key West Art & Historical Society numerous awards.

The Custom House Museum is located within Key West’s Old Town precinct and can easily be reached on foot from Mallory Square, Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and other attractions. There is ticketed parking available at Mallory Square but those coming from farther afield can catch the scenic Conch Train and Old Town Trolley for an enjoyable ride through Key West. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and an admission fee applies.


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Lodging Near Custom House Museum

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$344
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West
4.5
of 5, from 3,187 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Key West historical district hotel is 2 blocks from Southernmost Point. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum are both a half-mile away.

$371
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

245 Front Street, Key West
4.3
of 5, from 210 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Key West, this hotel is steps from Key West Museum of Art and History, Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, and Mallory Square. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Southernmost Point are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$469
Pier House Resort & Spa

Pier House Resort & Spa

1 Duval St, Key West
4.4
of 5, from 1,464 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Ripley's Believe It or Not, Key West Shipwreck Museum, and Mallory Square. Key West Aquarium and Red Barn Theater are also within 10 minutes.

$439
Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort

Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort

Zero Duval St., Key West
4.6
of 5, from 1,676 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the western edge of Duval Street, this Key West resort adjacent to Mallory Square provides prime sunset viewing from its rooftop deck.

$429
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

601 Front St, Key West
4.4
of 5, from 1,312 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Key West's popular Old Town district, this compact waterfront hotel faces sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico, a block off Duval Street and two blocks from Mallory Square.

$340
La Concha Hotel & Spa

La Concha Hotel & Spa

430 Duval St, Key West
4.1
of 5, from 1,796 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this spa hotel is steps from San Carlos Institute - Casa Cuba, Oldest House Museum and Garden, and Red Barn Theater. Key West Film Society and Jackson Square are also within 5 minutes.

$450
The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

200 William Street, Key West
4.6
of 5, from 896 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mallory Square and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Southernmost Point is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

$299
The Cabana Inn Key West-Adults Only

The Cabana Inn Key West-Adults Only

413 Applerouth Lane, Key West
4.5
of 5, from 839 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Jackson Square, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Mallory Square and Southernmost Point are also within 1 mi (2 km).