|The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens offer a relaxing, educational environment for families and visitors of all ages. Slated for demolition in 1958, the house was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This was the first restoration project in Key West, and is still considered the gem of the island's restoration movement.
A visit to the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is an exploration into local history and folklore, while the gardens offer a lush one-acre view of tropical foliage. You will enjoy viewing the works of John James Audubon, world renown naturalist, with 28 first edition Audubon works in the home.
Audubon visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas in 1832. Audubon left Key West having sighted and drawn 22 new birds for his "Birds of America" folio. Audubon's painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the house.
The 19th-century home was built by Captain John H. Geiger, a harbor pilot and master wrecker, who lived in the house with his wife and eleven children. It was an era when shipwrecks occurred daily on the off-shore reef.
Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings purchased for the Audubon House. All furnishings in the home represent items that could be found in Key West during the mid-1800's and reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during this time.
Our newest exhibit is a historical representation of an 1850's out door kitchen, completely furnished with antiques of the period. Next to the kitchen is an 1850's medicinal and herbal garden.
An introduction to the property and its history is given by your guide, then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure, making a stop at our Koyi fish pond and our 1850's medicinal/herbal garden.
This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. Please linger as long as you like.
The House and Gardens can be rented for weddings, luncheons, dinners, receptions, and other special events, during or after hours. Call on our staff to make your event memorable in this tropical Key West setting.
The museum gift shop offers visitors the opportunity to purchase affordable, original Audubon art, prints, a selection of books ranging from nature to local history, ceramic wares, educational toys, and a variety of unique museum-quality items.
Please take your time and enjoy the Audubon House web site. And if you get the chance to visit our tropical paradise of Key West, please be sure to make the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens part of your plans for a wonderful Key West experience!
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens was chosen as South Florida Magazine's
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens