Martin Hellings House
This unique historic house was constructed in 1892 by Captain Martin Hellings and is one of few historic houses in Key West not built of wood. It’s also the site of Key West’s first public library.
Key West Lighthouse & Keepers’ Museum
Climb the 88 steps to the observation deck for one of the best views of the island and the beautiful water that surrounds it. The museum houses artefacts collected since the lighthouse was built in 1847 and tells the many stories of the keepers who lived there. The quarters, grounds and the lighthouse itself have all been faithfully restored following the lighthouse’s decommission.
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Step back in time and discover Key West’s unique maritime heritage and learn how it became the richest city in the United States. The museum combines actors, films and actual artefacts from the 1985 discovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the treacherous Florida Keys reef. Join master wrecker Asa Tift and his wrecking crew as he tells you the story of how the early Key West pioneers earned their living by salvaging the shipwrecks.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Discover the history of one of the country’s most decorated ships at this floating museum. The Cutter Ingham served in World War II, Vietnam and the Cuban Crisis and now serves as a national memorial to those killed in action while it was at sea. The ship is recognised as a National Historic Landmark.
Key West Firehouse Museum
Learn about colourful Key West through its fire-fighting heritage. The museum is housed at the former Fire Station No. 3, which was active from 1907 until 1998. Many features remain or have been recreated. Dating back to the days of horse-drawn fire engines, you will see indoor coal pits and a steam-powered water pump which is one of just a handful remaining in America.
Visitors can see a demonstration of a ticker tape alarm system from the firehouse’s heydey. They also can walk through the old living and sleeping quarters to discover what life was like for firefighters in the early 20th century, and see some of the old uniforms and badges worn by Key West’s bravest. The island’s fire chiefs are recognised on the Chief’s Wall that has pictures, uniforms and badges dating from the 1800s.
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
Take a trip back in time to Key West’s golden age with a tour of the elegant mid-19th century home of Capt. John Geiger, a wealthy maritime pilot and wrecker. Don’t miss the lush tropical gardens that evoke J.J. Audubon’s paintings of the birds of the Florida Keys.