Truman Little White House, Key West

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A taste of presidential history, Truman Little White House offers guided tours of rooms filled with original furnishings and memorabilia. This house, originally built in 1890 for officers of the local naval base, served as Truman's winter residence for a total of 175 days during about a dozen vacations. Though many of Truman's private possessions still lie scattered about the rooms, he was not the only notable figure to spend time in the house. Thomas Edison lived here during World War I, and presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton used the house for government functions. The interior is open for guided tours only, but you can walk around the surrounding botanical gardens on your own. Work out when and for how long to visit Truman Little White House and other Key West attractions using our handy Key West travel route planner .
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  • We enjoyed the tour and the stories of the past. It was interesting to learn that former Presidents still visit and use the facility for a get away.  more »
  • This is a very interesting place to visit while in Key West! The gardens are beautiful! It is very easy to get to from Mallory Square. There are also free trolleys that will take you around to most of...  more »
  • Never even heard of it before. So very glad we had a chance to learn about this historic place and see it first-hand. I walked away feeling very appreciative for this man and his family, and for their...  more »
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  • This was a very fantastic place to visit. Of course, I am a history-minded individual so I enjoyed the walking tour through this glimpse back into the 1940s. The furniture inside the residence is authentic and was actually in use when President Truman visited and stayed in the house. To see items that were actually used by Truman was very amazing and the tour guide, whose name escapes me, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the content he provided to the group. The only reason I gave 4/5 stars instead of 5/5 is because you are not allowed to take any photographs inside the house. Not even non-flash photography is allowed. I found this to be very disheartening and therefore the fifth star was lost. But otherwise a trip to the Truman Little White House is well worth it.
  • Quite neat. There are guided tours available if interested. If not, there are 2 small rooms open that you can walk through as well as a gift shop. Impressive outside, educational inside. Plus...well within walking distance of the cruise pier (maybe 4 blocks at most).
  • One of the great historic Key West locations. It served first as housing for the naval commander here, but became Harry S Truman's winter retreat. Docents who lead tours are marvelously well informed, and house and its history are fascinating. You can even see the bar where the president held court with a glass of whiskey and a good hand of poker. The bar in that room can be closed off. Mrs. Truman, Bess, never liked to see spirits on display.
  • We were so happy we took this tour. Not expensive but the wealth of information and history that is provided on this tour to me makes it FAR MORE interesting than the Hemingway tour. The amount of history that took place and was conducted by Harry Truman and even JFK and future Presidents is simply amazing. And being a lover of history, this was totally new information and very enjoyable. Everything has been kept as it was during the time of Harry Truman. If you are in Key West and you dont make time for this tour then you will have DEFINITELY missed out on some history. Well worth the time to check it out...
  • Very interesting tour. The reason I gave this four stars is because the group I was with was too large and it made it difficult to look around the rooms while the tour guide was speaking and l pointing out items in each room. Also, the room and furniture that is used for the short video could use some upgrades. I am not a big fan of Historic Tours of America which operates this tour, but our tour guide was well informed about the history of the home and it's former occupants.
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