Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL, USA - (305) 294-1575

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fritabandita fritaban…
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Ernest Hemingways Home and Museum: A Key West Staple Dec 01, 2010
The home was built in 1851 and given to Ernest Hemingway and his wife as a gift in 1931. Together, they lived here for nearly ten years. Following their divorce in 1939, Hemingway left Key West for Cuba. But, continued to visit Key West in the 40s and 50s.

It was the first house to have indoor plumbing, the first to have an upstairs bathroom, and the first to have a pool!

I recommend taking a guided tour. All of the tour guides are amazing, but Joe Buggy is a personal favorite. Like most, he will give you a bit of history and tell you about the things you see before you as you walk the grounds. But, he also throws a few laughs and some fun facts in there- more so than most. I can honestly say the story about the urinal is one of my favorites! Ofcourse, Joe tells it much better than I.. but, during Sloppy Joes renovation, Hemingway and his drunken friends stole a urinal from the bar and hid it in his backyard. Legend has it, he claimed he deserved it because so much of his money had gone down the drain. Pauline was mortified!

Take as many pictures as you can stand! They ask that you do not touch the contents of the home because they are originals (including art, family photos, and so on), but you can cuddle up with 60 of the estates legendary furry friends as much as youd like. All of the cats you will encounter are descendents of Snow Ball, a six toed cat given to Hemingway on his voyage to Cuba.

If your lucky, you may get to meet one of Hemingways children or grand children. They pop in every now and then.
The Entrance
view from the front yard of Heming…
walking up to his house
walking up to his house
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Hemingway House - guided tour May 23, 2010
The guided tour is worth it, but expect them to ask for a tip at the end. I'd not run into that situation before, pay to get in and then a tip is wanted at the end by the guide. The polydactyl cats Hemingway is known for are still in evidence. The first one I saw - it was so STILL I thought it was a taxidermy cat - until it moved! House is complete with swimming pool on the grounds, don't stray off the paths or you will be told NOT to. One woman thought she could walk all over the grass to the end of the pool - she found out different. I had to take a photo of the infamous urinal (now a planter)for one of my sons. Hemingway was drunk and ripped it off the wall in a nearby bar, is the rumor. Chickens - I was amused on the walk to the house to see colorful hens and roosters strolling around like they own the streets and yards!
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Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum; Key West, FL Mar 21, 2009
If you have a couple days to spare in Key West, during the day sometime if you bore of Duval Street get on Whitehead and walk toward the famed Southernmost point and you may find a line of people outside a house of one of the most famed tenants of the island, Ernest Hemingway ( or as i referred to him, Ernie!)

Me and my friends walked over to Ernie's house and discovered they offered a bunch of discounts, military and student!! Which was awesome as me and Rachel had both but Phalen didnt!!

The infamous 6-toed cats roam and longe around the grounds almost like lions at a zoo, if you leave the alone they will like you more...i say this cuz i can only imagine they are the most 'touched' cats in the world and with as many as hundreds of visitors a day, i can see why we did not see as many.

Okay..the house. It has a beautiful villa setting, awesome pool and a garden that i can def see Ernie writing "The Old Man and the Sea" or my fav book " A farewell to Arms"

So there are interesting cats to see and visit and the Villa is amazing!
Ernie's House, a villa fashioned l…
Ernie's Pool
Ernie's work area
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1morespicy says:
I've not been here but I did visit his house in Cuba. They've got the boat there that he used to travel between the two. :)
Posted on: Apr 11, 2009
goodjobtiger says:
Congratulations! Great feature!
Happy Friday
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
Bulldog1up says:
nice feature!
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
nicolesmiley nicolesm…
11 reviews
Fun for even the museum novice. Feb 15, 2009
This was great fun and we learned so much about the writer that we never knew before. Everyone there is very intelligent and can answer all of your questions. It can get pretty crowded on the weekends so if you can go on a weekday that is a plus. Not to mention we got to play with the six toed cats. If your really want to be able to hold or take pictures with or of the cats you will want to go first thing in the morning as soon as they open. The cats get handled a lot and can get pretty unsocial as the day goes on. The closer you get to closing you might not even see them at all as they start to hide from visitors.
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