The San Carlos Institute, also known as the San Carlos, is a Cuban heritage center and museum located at 516 Duval Street in Key West, Florida. The institute was founded in 1871 by members of the Cuban exile community with the goal of preserving and promoting the language, cultural values, and patriotic ideals of the Cuban people. Today, the San Carlos Institute is a multi-purpose facility that functions as a museum, library, school, conference center, theater, and art gallery for the Key West community. The institute maintains several permanent installations related to Cuban history and hosts a number of popular cultural and artistic events.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to San Carlos Institute and many more Key West attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Key West trip maker app.
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San Carlos Institute is a beautiful building situated on Duval Street. Different exhibits and beautiful artwork is worth every second of your visit. Very, very well done. more »
There isn't a while lot to see here but architecturally, it's worth a shiet stop. The 18ft door is awesome, the tiles are all from Sevilla, that and the marble stairs are worth a look. more »
Great historic building with rooms dedicated to the Cuban martyrs and the cigar workers. The institute is non-profit and they rent out their nice intimate theatre for shows. Free entry for the building. Worth the detour if interested in Cuban or Key West history.
I happened upon this location because of the architecture. Even though located directly on Duval St, it's easy to overlook but there is a National Historic Places Registry plaque on the outside that grabbed my attention. I stepped inside and the most delightful people within the heritage center greeted me! Lovely Cuban heritage center with museum, beautiful tile work, original details, and theater. Definitely worth a stop! Free entry but there is a donation box near the door.
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