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Customs House Museum

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For a bit of history and a look at how Key West got to where it is today, stop in at the Key West Museum of Art and History inside the Custom House. Built in 1891, the Custom House had many uses including a post office, court house and government center. Today, after a $9 million restoration, the beautiful red brick building is as glorious as it was back in the day and is home to moving works of art that portray the colorful past of Key West and historic national events.

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Self guided tours take you through the era of pirates and tobacco salesmen, to the life and career of Ernest Hemingway and beyond. See Mario Sanchez’s wood paintings of old Key West and portraits of famous Key West residents by Paul Collins.

Find out how the Navy got rid of the pirates and how Key West went from riches to bankruptcy… and back.

It’s all here for you to discover.

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