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Sails to Rails Museum Admission

4.8 (9)
Key West, US

Sails to Rails Museum Admission

4.8 (9)
Key West, US
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Explore the rich history of Key West with a visit to the Sails to Rails Museum. Discover the fascinating stories of the Age of Sail, when brave sailors sailed the treacherous waters of the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, encountering Spanish Galleons, pirates, and merchant ships. Immerse yourself in the world of railroads and learn how they shaped the nation's frontier. Marvel at unique artifacts, touch a genuine silver bar from a Spanish Galleon, and explore the only remaining wooden structure built by the Florida East Coast Railway. This state-of-the-art museum offers hands-on exhibits, raw footage, and a scale model of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park. Whether you're an adult or a child, a visit to the Sails to Rails Museum is an unforgettable experience.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 1 minutes - 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-14 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Interactive timeline of Key West history
  • Hands-on exhibits and unique artifacts
  • Scale model of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Genuine silver bar from the Spanish Galleon
  • Learning about the history of railroads in America
  • Admission
  • Transportation to/from attraction

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Sails to Rails Museum Admission invites you to embark on a captivating journey through time as you delve into the rich history of Key West. Nestled in the charming Key West Bight, this state-of-the-art museum offers a unique and immersive experience. Prepare to be amazed by hands-on exhibits, raw footage, and an extensive collection of unique artifacts, including the only scale model of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.

What to Expect?

During your visit to Sails to Rails Museum, you can expect to immerse yourself in the captivating history of Key West. Step back in time as you explore the Age of Sail, where tall ships sailed the treacherous waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Keys. Learn about the treasure-laden Spanish Galleons, fearless Pirates, and merchant ships that once roamed these waters. Transport yourself to the era when railroads opened up new frontiers and shaped an emerging nation.

Who is This For?

Sails to Rails Museum appeals to a wide range of visitors, from history enthusiasts to families seeking an educational and engaging experience. Adults and kids of all ages will find themselves captivated by the fascinating stories that shaped Key West's history. Whether you're a seasoned history buff or simply curious about the past, this museum caters to all who seek to unravel the mysteries of Key West's vibrant heritage.

Why Book This?

Immerse yourself in a world of history and discovery as you embark on a journey through the ages at Sails to Rails Museum. This top attraction in Key West offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the captivating stories of sponging, turtling, fishing, cigar making, and tourism that put Key West on the map. Delight in the chance to touch a genuine silver bar recovered from the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and gain insights into the backbreaking work of building the Florida East Coast Railway. This museum promises a comprehensive overview of Key West's history that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for its storied past.

Good to Know

The Sails to Rails Museum is conveniently located at 901 Caroline St in Key West. The typical duration of a visit ranges from 1 to 60 minutes, allowing you to tailor your experience based on your preferences and available time. Be sure not to miss this must-visit attraction that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and heritage of Key West.


Visitors who have explored Sails to Rails Museum have been captivated by its immersive exhibits and extensive collection of artifacts. They praise the museum for its engaging and educational experience that offers a glimpse into the historical significance of Key West. Overall, visitors leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich tapestry of Key West's past.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Sails to Rails Museum Key West

Guests visiting Sails to Rails will journey through the Age of Sail, a time when tall ships plied the treacherous waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys from the 1500 to early 1900’s. These waters were once filled with treasure-laden Spanish Galleons, dreaded Pirates, merchant ships and more as the New World made its riches known to all who sailed her waters.They will also learn about the time in America when railroads opened up the frontiers of an emerging nation. A visit to Sails to Rails is one of the most comprehensive overviews of Florida Keys and Key West history a visitor can obtain. This museum is a top attraction in Key West for adults and kids of all ages!

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4.8 (9)


My husband and I enjoy going to history museums. We were pleasantly surprised by the huge amount of information at this museum on all the history of ship wreckers, and the development of Key West since the 1600 and beyond! Very informative.


We were familiar with Flagler and his railroad adventures so we thought we’d take a more in-depth look inside this museum. There is a parking lot right across the street and building is handicapped accessible. When you walk in you have a beautiful model of the fort located at the Dry Tortugas. It really is fantastic. The you enter the rather small exhibit area about what Key West supplied to the north, a timeline of the railroad, some fun ship information, and a great introduction to the sponge market. Next you enter an outside area that has a great movie about Flagler and his dream of a railway to Key West. You then visit a replica of a rail car followed by a restored house used during the building of the railway. Museum is small but full of very interesting information. Would be better if it all was airconditioned but we survived.


If you like history and one man’s perseverance to achieve a valuable goal. Easy visit and nice way to duck out of sun.


It’s a good thing to do while waiting for the Trolley. (I am really glad we did not buy special tickets just to come into the museum.) It is informative; however you learn a lot of the same information in other museums. So you are getting some repetition The woman who checks you in is as lovely as can be and knows the schedule for both the trolley and the train. (Down to the minute.)


Been on a Flagler kick, and the southernmost terminal was a must-visit. Small museum but good info. Spent about an hour and a half. Did a wonderful job explaining Flagler's vision and the many engineering innovations required to achieve it. A key question the museum did not address, and I wish it did, is answering why the railroad failed as a business enterprise after it was built (before the 1935 hurricane). Flagler had envisioned it as being part of the Panama Canal transportation chain, but it didn't play out that way. Why?

Mark S

I had high hopes for this museum and it did not disappoint. In addition to all of the artifacts, the short films were also very interesting. Spent well over an hour here. Highly recommend.


We spent about an hour and a half here learning about Key West’s origins and development over time. There are a number of well done exhibits, we especially enjoyed the timeline that correlated what was happening in the broader world to what was happening in Ke y West. Likely your best source of information about Flagler’s Overseas Railway short of reading a book on it. This was a delightful small town museum with a broader regional reach. Well worth your time, highly recommended!


I saw the Shipwreck Treasure Museum and Sails to Rails (formerly Flagler Station) Museum on the same day. They both explain how shipwreck salvaging created the wealth in Key West, and the railroad part explained how Standard Oil business partner to John Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, built the East Coast Railroad Extension from 1905-1912, connecting all the Florida Keys together through 42 bridges to Key West. Both the Museums are very interesting in understanding how the Florida Keys and Key West developed. I would recommend this museum.

Daniel B

Loved this museum. Great history lesson. The facility was exceptionally inviting, clean and full of great information.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-13 06:52