A National Historic Landmark and beacon of literary fanfare the world over, 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.
9am-5pm, 365 days a year
Ernest Hemingway Cats
The Hemingway Home is not only popular with people. Its grounds are populated with 40-50 pampered cats named after move stars, many of which have 6 or 7 toes, a genetic anomaly known as the polydactyl trait. 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.