Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Located at 907 Whitehead Street and nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors.

Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.

Who Is Ernest Hemingway?

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American writer and journalist. He was part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris, and one of the veterans of World War I later known as "the Lost Generation." He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway's distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement, and had a significant influence on the development of twentieth-century fiction writing. His protagonists are typically stoical men who exhibit an ideal described as "grace under pressure." Many of his works are now considered classics of American literature.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 and died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head on July 2, 1961. Judged not mentally responsible for his final act, he was buried in a Catholic service.

Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner's writing career. Educated tour guides give insightful narratives and are eager to answer questions.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a significant address on any Key West itinerary. The museum welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world each year and looks forward to welcoming you!

Tours Guides

The Hemingway Home and Museum has several tour guides available to educate you while wandering through the lush grounds, house rooms, and enjoy the whimsy of the more than sixty cats that live here.

Throughout the years, Key West has housed many writers and artists, but none whose presence and influence is as profound as Ernest Hemingway's.


Hemingway Home and Museum invites you to hold your Key West wedding or other special event in the famous property's beautifully landscaped gardens. This legendary property provides the perfect setting for any party or event, no matter how intimate or grandiose. In addition, Hemingway's home can be opened for private tours

Hemingway Cats

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately sixty (60) cats. Normal cats have five front toes and four back toes. About half of the cats at the museum are polydactyl, which means they have extra toes.

Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat. Key West is a small island and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related.

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Other Nearby Attractions:

  • Key West - Conch Tour Train
  • Key West - Old Town Trolley
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Key West - Shipwreck Historeum Museum
  • Key West - Harry S. Truman White House
  • Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy
  • The Key West Art & Historical Society
  • The Key West Museum of Art & History in the Custom House
  • The Fort East Martello Museum & Gardens

The Hemingway Home & Museum is a National Historic Landmark.

Hemingway Home & Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West FL 33040

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