Key West, Florida: Ernest Hemingway's Museum and Cats

More than 50 cats with extra toes have had the run of Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum for over 50 years.

Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum

907 Whitehead St., Key West, FL
Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum. Enter Key West via US Hwy 1, follow right fork. Continue on North Roosevelt which turns into Truman Ave. one block past Duval Street to Whitehead Street, turn right.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $14, Children $6
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Hemingway cats.

Ernest Hemingway's Museum and Cats

My son and I stopped by the property to visit the six-toed cats, which have the run of the house during the day. Fun history -- his second wife spent "His Last Penny!" building a swimming pool; the penny is set into the ground by the pool.

At the entrance a small sign warns: "No alcoholic beverages or coconuts."

[Laura Lason, 05/11/2017]

6-toed Hemingway cat.

Ernest Hemingway's Museum and Cats

They are up to 52 six-toed cats, all named famous people's names. This cat is named Harry Truman. Look for the Cat Cemetery at the back of the house.

[Mavis & Jeff, 08/24/2014]

6-toed kitty.

Ernest Hemingway's Museum and Freak Cats

My wife and I didn't even go inside the house. We enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing all the six-toed cats. Definitely worth the trip.

[Jon P, 09/09/2011]

Cat drinking trough/urinal

Hemingway House & Museum

At Hemingway's home/museum in Key West, there is a drinking fountain he installed for his cats. It's a urinal Hemingway took from a restaurant in town when they were undergoing renovation. His wife at the time hated it, so she purchased an Italian vase to put on top of it to make it look less like a urinal and more like a fountain.

Take the guided tour to learn more about the quirky and odd stories of this family!

[Patty, 02/24/2011]
Licenses Demanded for Hemingway's Freak Cats

Mutant cats with extra toes have had the run of Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum in Key West, FL, for over 40 years. Now the US Department of Agriculture sez the fifty freak cats need a special license and an exotic animal habitat if the museum wants to keep them around.... [08/22/2006] Complete News Story

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