Under doctor's orders, President Harry S. Truman sought refuge in the warm Florida sun during the winter of 1946. He fell so much in love with the historic Key West home in which he took residence that he returned every year through 1952, giving it the nickname "The Little White House." First built for Naval officers in 1890, the home's sprawling gardens and current structure were completed in 1911, housing Thomas Edison throughout World War I, decades before Truman moved in.
Tours of the famous home are available every 15-20 minutes, 9am-4:30pm. The informative guides will escort you through the property, sharing little-known information about President Truman's life, the Cold War, and Key West history.
Self-guided and free, tours of the roughly 1-acre Botanical Gardens are completely at your own pace, 7am-6pm. Identify tropical trees and houseplants gone wild in the bright Florida sun, all with the help of a free brochure from the Museum Store.
President Truman lived in The Little White House for a total of 175 days, from 1946 through 1952. He faced a multitude of international issues at the time, leaving him exhausted, under doctor’s orders that he take a warm-weather reprieve from the frosty winter months of November, December, February, and March in D.C.