Noble Prize winning and great American author Ernest Hemingway, known for such great works as, The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms, among other best selling books, called Key West Home for over 10 years.
Located at 907 Whitehead Street and in the heart of Old Town Key West, this home built in 1851 became the home of Ernest Hemingway in 1931 and is now a museum that welcomes countless guests from all over the world every year and is a must do on everyone’s Key West itinerary.
Ernest Hemingway was an avid deep sea fisherman and had his own boat called the Pilar, when a fellow captain gave him a six toed cat said to give sailors good luck. Ernest Hemingway kept the male cat he named Snowball, and let Snowball have free reign of his Key West Home. Being a male cat, Snowball did what free reigning male cats do and soon thereafter there were new generations of six toed cats roaming the property. Hemingway would name each of the cats after a famous person, a tradition that is still carried on today. Some of the over 50 well cared for cats that have free reign of the property today, are the direct descendants of Snowball.
To think one can walk in the very rooms where Ernest Hemingway lived and worked is truly astonishing. To look out the window and see his pool which was the only pool on the Island when the it was it was built in the 1930’s, and to know that this is the very same pool where such a famous and great writer may have spent his hot Key West afternoons is truly remarkable.
You can choose either a guided or self guided tour and admission is the same for both $15.00 adult and $6.00 for children ages 6-12, under the age of 6 is admitted free. No credit cards accepted for ticket purchase, Cash is required to purchase tickets. Museum is open daily 365 days a year from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.