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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  • October 3, 2017
    This little White House is a piece of American history that needs to be seen. Before the officers ' quarters of the marine base transformed from Truman into a summer residence, but given the climate of KW I would say even in winter. Many Presidents have passed through here, even Kennedy, but what is surprising in the visit is that nothing has changed since then, all preserved very well. Beautiful poker table, Truman loved to play. Very good also the guide that explains a lot, but he speaks only English. Too bad it is not possible to take pictures inside.
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  • October 1, 2017
    We were happy to visit the Little White House, no visible damage from the Hurricane but the vegetation. Jeremy is an outstanding tour guide bringing the Truman and home history to life.  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    The House is pretty from the outside, just like the street in which it is located. The visit is paid, not data, and we have not done to focus on the Hemingway House. However a small exhibition is free. If you are in Key West, shame not to make a short detour to see at least this part here.
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  • July 2, 2017
    It was a winter White House for the former POTUS Harry Truman. A good place to get into the history, the time around the WW2. Just as you enter, there is a souvenir shop with a wide range of accessories, mugs, badges etc with various American symbols and identities as well as those associated with Harry Truman. There is a free to visit part of the museum with various photographs of that time and quotes from the president on various topics. A good place to visit.
  • April 3, 2017
    The history of the house was interesting and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Parking options are poor but that is true with all things in this area. Recommend renting a scooter to get around. Parking is free and much easier to find with a scooter. Overall, a good way to spend 30 minutes out of the heat.
  • July 2, 2017
    Nice little museum with a lot of historical artifacts tied to a very interesting historical story that many may not have known. Grounds are beautiful as well. Did not do tour but heard it was great and takes you though more of the property.
  • January 11, 2017
    Beautiful and fascinating piece of ongoing American history. Everyone goes to Hemingway's house, but I actually enjoyed the Little White House better. It's fully air conditioned (Hemingway's house only recently installed AC in some of the upstairs rooms and they pack the tour groups so full that the rooms still get unbearably hot). And because it is still actively used by our American President's, it is still fully and beautifully furnished. The grounds are breathtaking and if you have time, take a stroll. Tours are 45 minutes long and start every 30 minutes or longer - so you may find yourself waiting quite awhile for the next tour (so be prepared). There is a covered outdoor seating area while waiting for the tour, or a free exhibit room inside the gift shop with rotating historical information.
  • June 29, 2017
    Well preserved house, and our tour guide Bruce was knowledagble and friendly. The neighborhood is beautiful to walk through as well.

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