Ernest Hemingway House

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by aussiemate on July 27, 2001

I know he won a Nobel Prize and his literary works are praised around the world, but I've never been a fan of his writing. However, I am always interested in seeing the homes of the famous, so we went to visit Hemingway's House while in Key West.

Hemingway owned the home from 1931 until he died in 1961. The home is of the Spanish Colonial style and was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds. It is also the first to have a pool built in Key West, an absolute necessity. The pool, built in the late 1930's, cost $20,000, a fortune back then. The price prompted Hemingway to take a penny from his pocket, press it into the wet cement of the surrounding patio, and announce jokingly, "Here, take the last penny I've got!" That penny is still there. :)

The house is gorgeous, and it's a great break from the beach and the shops of downtown.

The Museum is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The admission is: adults $8.00 and children aged 6-12 $5.00.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 294-1136

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