Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, Key West

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Visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, with a 20 m (65 ft) lighthouse that opened in 1825. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, took over for the next 32 years. It was quite unusual to have a female keeper at the time. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1969. Today you can explore the quarters and see the keeper's tools and personal effects, including those of Barbara Mabrity. Climb the 88 steps of the spiral staircase to the deck for a glimpse of the Fresnel lights and a view over the sea. Tours are self-guided, but a staff member is on site to answer your questions. Use our Key West trip itinerary app to visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? This was a must do on our list and going early in the day paid off. We almost had the place to ourselves and were done by the time the crowds came. Make sure to check.....  more
    Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? This was a must do on our list and going early in the day paid off. We almost had the place to ourselves and were done by the time the crowds came. Make sure to check.....  more »
  • We didn't take the tour, but just walking by and taking pictures, this was an incredible piece of history to see. 
    We didn't take the tour, but just walking by and taking pictures, this was an incredible piece of history to see.  more »
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  • Such a fun experience walking up 88 steps and the circling the walkway reading placards about the history of the lighthouse. The yards were also an education was signage that explained various types of trees and vegetation. The old innkeepers house which is now a museum and gift shop was also enjoyable and educational. If you use the QR code by the front gate you can also get your tickets online at a discount. Don't forget to hit the donation box to help keep this piece of History alive.
  • This was something when walking past, I knew I had to see what they had to offer. It was a little museum, but some cool things. The history of the museum was a cool reading. But when you walk up the lighthouse stairs, the view is worth the 88 stair climb. On a perfect day, you can see the whole island and 7-8 miles of water (13.2 miles at the horizon).

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