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Ernest Hemingway House In Key West

  • A National Historic Landmark and beacon of literary fanfare, this famous house was the site of the most prolific time in the creative life of Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel Prize-winning writer called Key West home for more than 10 years, and descendants of his famous 6-toed cat still freely roam the lush grounds today. Built in 1851, the Spanish Colonial home features the first in-ground pool in all of Key West, with countless hunting trophies from Africa and the American West.



    Open daily from 9AM - 5PM


    • Tours
    • Education
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Photography
  • Ernest Hemingway Cats

    The Hemingway Home is not only popular with people - its grounds are populated with 40-50 pampered cats named after movie stars. Many of these cats have 6 or 7 toes, a genetic anomaly known as the polydactyl trait, and some of these feline royalty are actual descendants of a white 6-toed cat named Snowball, given to Hemingway by a ship's captain many years ago.

    Hemingway Home & Museum Tours

    Choose whether you prefer to explore the house and museum on your own, or on an informative 30-minute guided tour, included in the price of admission. The latter is conducted every 15 minutes, 9am - 5pm daily.


    Do I need to reserve a tour in advance?

    Not at all. Simply arrive at the museum and join the fun, 9AM - 5PM, 365 days a year.

    When did Ernest Hemingway live in the house?

    Hemingway himself lived here from 1931-1939. He actually wrote the classic short stories "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" on-site, as well as the novel "To Have and Have Not".

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