Sails to Rails Museum
Key West as a city is one of the most unique and historic places in the United States. Be sure to explore its vast history at the museums in the area, especially the Sails to Rails Museum. At this awesome museum, guests can take a look at five decades of Key West history.
Did you know that Key West is a historic city that holds many roots in piracy? Of course, it is home to a variety of other sailing endeavors as well, including turtling, fishing, and cigar production. The 'Age of Sail' was one of Key West's most prosperous times, and it saw some of the most historic aspects of the city's history. The Sails to Rails museum documents this history with a vast timeline, unique displays, and historic artifacts. History-lovers, sailors, and visitors alike will all have a wonderful time exploring.
Some of the displays found at the Sails and Rails museum include:
Flagler Station exhibit: The Age of Sail gave way, of course, to the age of steam engines. Explore the history of the railroad industry and its impact on daily Key West life. Henry Flagler, a railroad mogul and hotel owner, established the very first railroad in Key West which changed the course of history for this once sail-revolved city.
Fort Jefferson National Park: This beachside fort was built in 1846 and was in operation until 1875. During this time, it served to protect Key West's port on the Gulf of Mexico. It was fortified with tortugas and a beautiful fort that can still be seen today.
Key West Historic Timeline: Uncover the history of this waterside city with a comprehensive and chronological timeline of Key West's most impactful events in both sailing and the railroad industry, all in great detail that is interesting to both adults and children.
There is also a wide variety of unique artifacts, some of them dating back to an astounding 500 years. From silver teapots to sailing items and even a real Spanish galleon, these unique artifacts truly offer up a piece of Key West history. This informative and fun museum is also considered to be one of Key West's best attractions, so do not miss out!
- Is Sails to Rails Museum handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
- For what ages is Sails to Rails Museum appropriate?
Great for all ages.
- Is parking available at Sails to Rails Museum? Is it free?
Yes. There are three paid parking areas next to the museum. They are the City of Key West Park and Ride, Key West Bight Parking Lot, and Half Shell Parking Lot.