Key West is known for its idyllic beaches and rocking nightlife on Duval Street, but this city has so much more to offer, including outstanding museums. Key West is home to a variety of incredible museums. Key West’s museums aren’t just for history buffs and art admirers; there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

The Best Key West Museums

It can be challenging to decide which Key West museums to visit on your vacation. To help you find the museums best suited for you, the team at Compass Realty has created a guide on our favorite museums of Key West. 

Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Let’s start off with a broad museum, the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House. As the name implies, visitors are treated to exhibits about art and history, as well as culture and events. Even the building the museum calls home, the Custom House, has a storied history you can learn about at the museum. The Key West Museum of Art & History is an award-winning museum, and we highly recommend visiting.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Learn about one of the most legendary writers of all time, Ernest Hemingway, at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Here, visitors walk the grounds of Hemingway’s home, which he and his family restored in the 1930s. The museum offers a guided tour, rich with information on Hemingway’s life as well as the historic home. Plus, be on the lookout for furry friends; many cats call the museum their home. 

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

If you’re interested in maritime history, look no further than the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. This museum focuses on the maritime history of Key West, as well as other parts of Florida and the Caribbean. Learn about shipwrecks, pirates, the last slave ships, and more in fascinating exhibits. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum also has a conservation lab which you can tour at an additional cost. 

Harry S. Truman Little White House

Tour the former home turned museum of former President Harry Truman at the Harry S. Truman Little Whitehouse. Here, you’ll learn all about the former President, one of the most famous in the country’s history. From information on his life to some of the remarkable highlights of his presidency, all are explored at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. A VIP experience is available, which provides added access, amenities, and a ride in the former President’s limousine. 

Explore Everything Key West has to Offer

After enjoying the museums of Key West, there’s still plenty more to explore. You can stay close to it all with a Key West vacation rental from Compass Realty. Our condo and vacation home rentals are located in some of Key West’s most sought-after destinations. To book your Key West vacation rental, please call us at 305-292-1881.