Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. In Key West, in addition to numerous historical museums you'll find family-friendly attractions like the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, which offers hands-on experiences for the kids and a chance to learn about the marine life of the island. Each of these museums showcase a different part of the island culture, whether it's the way of life of the crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, or the treasures discovered on Spanish galleons on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.
Located just 90 miles from Cuba, Key West's culture has largely been impacted by their nearby neighbor, and the San Carlos Institute is the best place on the island to learn about Cuba's past. A number of U.S. presidents have also visited Key West, and the Harry S. Truman Little White House has been their temporary home in paradise. For an overview of Key West's history, the Custom House and Fort East Martello offer a little of everything, including some local artwork, while the tiny Flagler Station provides insight about a lesser-known railroad.
Lastly, no visit to Key West is complete without visiting the legendary Hemingway Home and iconic lighthouse.