Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Well-known author Ernest Hemingway is one of Key West's best-known and well-loved "freshwater Conchs" (a resident who was not born on the island). His former home --which he lived in for about 10 years but owned until his death -- is located in Old Town and is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Literature buffs take note: Hemingway penned parts of some of his most famous works, including A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Best Tolls, in this very residence. The grand house itself is interesting, as it was one of the first in Key West to have indoor plumbing and a pool. Inside, the rooms contain memorabilia about Hemingway's life and work.
If you have cat allergies or just don't like them, this is probably not the place for you. Dozens of cats living in the house freely walk around the property. If you see one, look closely at their feet; around half of them are polydactyl (have extra toes). According to legend, these cats are descendents of Hemingway's cat, who also stalked around with extra toes.
The house is open every day of the year. Tickets are relatively pricey, but accompanied kids and toddlers can tour for discounted rates.