The Key West lighthouse and keeper's quarters is just one of the many museums found on the island.

Even though Key West is a small island measuring only eight square miles, there is no shortage of things to do. Whether you’re visiting for a bachelorette party or enjoying a getaway with friends, NYA Hotels is the ideal home base for your Florida getaway. During your escape to tropical Key West, learn about its fascinating history by visiting historic landmarks and area museums near our adults-only hotel

A Guide to Discovering Key West History

While a great way to learn about the history of Key West is on a guided tour from services like the Key West Art & Historical Society, another great option is visiting a museum or two. Of course, one of the top attractions is Hemingway House, but there are countless other spots to explore as well.

Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Located in what was once the island’s customs office, district courts, and postal service, this national landmark is now an award-winning museum. Explore two floors of exhibits filled with work showcasing two centuries worth of events, art, people, and history.

Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters

When it opened in 1848, the current lighthouse had a woman as its keeper, which was pretty much unheard of during that time. The lighthouse went through several upgrades before being decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1969. Take in the views to the top of the light and explore artifacts of the lighthouse keepers.

Key West Shipwreck Museum

Take a step back in time and learn about the 1856 wreckage of Isaac Allerton. Rediscovered in 1985, this museum uses films, actors, and artifacts to show visitors what life was like for wreckers in Key West. 

Fort East Martello Museum 

Despite Key west being a Union-controlled island during the Civil War, a large portion of the citizens supported the Confederacy, which led to battles taking place on and around the island. After the war ended, Fort East Martello was abandoned until 1950, when the Key West Art & Historical Society turned it into its first museum. 

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Found inside an old naval storehouse, this museum strives to interpret, research, and exhibit the maritime history of the Caribbean and Florida. The range of exhibits showcases a broad period of maritime history. Go behind the scenes by booking your spot on a lab tour

Take a Break with a Key West Escape

The pools at this Key West hotel are perfect for relaxing in after exploring area museums.Whether you’re visiting one of the numerous museums found on the island or exploring one of the unique neighborhoods, there’s plenty to discover on a Key West getaway. Be close to it all by booking your stay at NYA Hotels, Not Your Average Hotel. Our hotel near Duval Street, made up of bunk accommodations, is perfect for group travelers. With three pools, nightly happy hour, complimentary breakfast, and more, we have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing retreat. Start your planning today by booking your stay online or checking out our special offers. To share photos of your getaway, use #IShareatNYAHotels.