Audubon House Museum and Tropical Garden was founded in 1960. The house was constructed by Captain John Hulin Geiger, Key West’s first port pilot. Captain Geiger brought up lots of kids at home and put wonderful tropical plants there. When Audubon came to the house in 1832, the magnificent plants caught his attention. Audubon cut the plants growing on the premises and did a lot of work on this backdrop, including “white crowned pigeon” and “geiger tree” as a backdrop.
The Audubon House Gallery displays a number of unusual Audubon artwork and prints. We offer versions to suit all tastes and provide a timeless series of John James Audubon images.
To complement our original 19th century paintings, we have prepared exclusive versions of these American masterworks. We also have a limited edition of Asuka from the Florida Keys.
The highlight of your arrival to Audubon House is an excursion of the property’s 1-acre tropical garden, which includes orchids, bromriades, bromriads, rare tropical palms and crotons.
Walk along the brick paths in the garden, where more than 200 types of orchids bloom vividly and butterflies and birds fly above the dense foliage. Local and exotic trees and plants are marked with a common name, Latin name and country of origin for easy identification.
The garden is a replica of the chicken coop and herb garden in the 1850s, giving you a glimpse into the Key West family life in the mid-19th century.
After the self-guided tour, you can relax in the carp pond in memory of local poet and writer John Malcolm Brinnin or watch the heron that loves fishing.
John James Audubon’s art really lives in the garden. According to local folklore, Audubon visited an on-site garden in 1832 and used the images of the garden for his local bird drawings.