The San Carlos Institute was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles who came to Key West to campaign for Cuba's freedom from Spain. The original building was elsewhere and burned to the ground. The present building was erected in 1890.
The interior was restored recently and the hand painted floor tiles and those in the main staircase area are works of art in themselves.
The museum has exhibits and displays of pictures and historical articles of Cuban life in the 19th century and up until today.
Stand outside and look at all the angles and balconies of this building. It's a real piece of architectural history there in Key West.
Admission is free; the museum is open from Friday - Sunday from 12 - 6.
The San Carlos Institute is a multi-purpose facility that acts as an art gallery, theater, museum, library, and school. It was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles as a civic and patriotic center. Some of the exhibits include "The Life and Works of Jose Marti," and an examination of the history of Cuba through its postal stamps. With events ranging from musicals to film festivals, there's always something fun going on at the San Carlos Institute.