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Ernest Hemingway House

Key West Ernest Hemingway House
907 Whitehead StreetKey WestFlorida 33040
305-294-1136
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Explore the tranquil home where America's most iconic author and Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway, lived and created his most famous novels. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this Spanish Colonial style mansion and its beautiful gardens gives insight into Hemingway's life and literature Now a National Historic Landmark, the home is where Hemingway found peace and inspiration for over a decade as he wrote his masterpieces. Take a guided narrated tour of the historic home and gardens that learn about Hemingway's life in Key West and the famous six-toed cats he loved.

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Hours:

Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prices:

Adults: $13 and Children: $6

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  • Weddings
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Legend

Ernest and Pauline Hemingway arrived in Key West in 1928 and lived in an apartment on Simonton Street, where he finished his novel “A Farewell To Arms." They fell in love with Key West – from the people to the clear blue waters where Hemingway loved to fish. The Hemingway home was built of native rock in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style. The house on Whitehead Street, which was in great disrepair, was purchased in 1931 by Pauline's Uncle Gus.
Seeing beyond the ruin, Ernest and Pauline appreciated the grand architecture of the home and restored it through the 1930’s into the National Historical Landmark it is today. While living in the home, Hemingway used the people and places he knew in Key West in his literary works, and many are characters in his novel "To Have and Have Not” about Key West during the Great Depression.

Hemmingway House Events & Weddings

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a beautiful venue for special events and weddings. With its stunning architecture and beautifully landscaped garden and pool area, the historic home is the perfect backdrop for any party or event in Key West. Celebrate with friends and family and dance under the stars in this romantic and tropical destination. The grounds are available in the evening and during the day for parties, weddings and events. You can even book private tours for your guests.

FAQs

  • What’s so famous about the Hemingway cats?

    Meet over 50 cats that live at the Hemingway House, many descendants of Hemingway’s six-toed cat. While most cats have five front toes, Ernest Hemingway had a white six-toed cat named Snowball, which was given to him by a ship’s captain. Most of the cats that live at the home today have 6 toes and are directly related to Hemingway’s polydactyl cat. Following Hemingway’s tradition, all the playful cats are named after famous people.
  • Are there guided tours?

    Yes. Guided tours are offered about every 15 minutes from 9 - 5 every day. Follow the super friendly guides for 30 minute tour and learn about the life and times of Ernest Hemingway and the creative years he spent in Key West. As you walk through the rooms of the house and tranquil gardens, you will feel the spirit of Hemingway and understand why he loved the island. See the architectural details of the home, paintings, furnishings and significant artifacts that inspired him to pen his most prolific works. Tours are $13 for adults and $6 for kids.

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