Ernest Hemingway House and Museum: Nobel Prize Winning Author's Home

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum is a must-see for all fans of the iconic writer. Located in Key West, Florida, the house was where Hemingway wrote his writings during the years he lived here.

Today, the house is a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into Hemingway’s life and work. The museum is also home to six-toed cats, descendants of Hemingway cats.

Who is Ernest Hemingway?

Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father Clarence Hemingway was a doctor and his mother Grace Hall Hemingway was a musician.

He was the second of six children. Hemingway’s parents divorced when he was a child, and Hemingway went to live with his mother and grandparents in northern Michigan. He spent summers with his father in Illinois.

Hemingway Home Museum Rooms
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Hemingway Home Museum Room
Ernest Hemingway home

In 1917, Hemingway left high school early to join the US Army Ambulance Corps during World War I. He was wounded while serving in Italy and later returned home.

After the war, Hemingway moved to Kansas City, where he worked as a reporter for The Kansas City Star newspaper. He then moved to Paris, where he wrote for The Toronto Star.

Hemingway Home Museum Architecture
Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. He is best known for his novels Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, as well as his short stories The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Old Man and the Sea.

Hemingway’s first novel The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926. The novel tells the story of a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to Pamplona, Spain for the annual bullfighting festival.

The novel was well received by critics and considered one of Hemingway’s best works. In 1954, it was also made into a movie. American writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises helped establish his reputation and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

Hemingway Home Museum Bedroom
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Hemingway Home Museum Bathroom
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Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

His wife Pauline bought the house for $8,000 in 1931 and had it remodeled to suit Hemingway’s needs. The house is made of stucco and has a Spanish-style patio and swimming pool. It is also known as “Snow White” because of the white color of its exterior.

The house was the home of writer Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1939 and is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. The museum houses a collection of Hemingway’s personal belongings as well as a library of his works. Visitors can tour the house, see exhibitions and learn about the author’s life and work.

Hemingway Home Museum Garden
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Hemingway Home Museum Pool
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What will you see at the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum?

The museum offers guided tours of the house led by knowledgeable staff who can tell you all about Hemingway’s life and work. You will see Hemingway’s writing office, where he wrote some of his most famous works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.

Hemingway Home Museum Inside
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Hemingway Home Museum Living Room
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You will also be able to see Hemingway’s personal belongings such as his typewriter, fishing tackle and hunting trophies.

In addition to the guided tour, the museum has a series of exhibitions showcasing Hemingway’s life and work. These exhibits include photographs, letters and personal artifacts of Hemingway. The museum also has a small bookstore where you can buy books by and about Hemingway.

Hemingway Home Museum Six Finger Cat
Hemingway Home and Museum

How to get to the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum?

If you are a fan of Ernest Hemingway or want to learn more about one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, you need to visit the this museum in Key West, Florida.

The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum is located at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West. To get there by car, take US-1 south from Miami (which becomes the Overseas Highway / A1A Highway) to Key West.

Once in Key West, follow the signs for Whitehead Street/Hemingway House. Parking is available on the street or in nearby public lots.