Truman was not the only resident president to take advantage of Key West's gentle breezes and tropical climate. In 1948 and 1949, General Eisenhower held a series of meetings that resulted in the creation of the Department of Defense. In 1956 he returned as President to recuperate from a heart attack.
John Kennedy and Britains Prime Minister Harold Macmillan held a one-day summit in 1961 and President Kennedy made a second visit in 1962 immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
After that, the house served as the Naval Station commandants house until 1974.
In 1991, it opened to the public as a state historic site and museum, but that did not stop its official use.
In 1996 former President Jimmy Carter and family had a reunion there and in April of 2001 Secretary of State Colin Powell led a week of peace talks between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Today you can get a personal glimpse into the man who made this house famous Harry S. Truman. The original furniture and décor is just as Harry, Bess and Margaret left it. Rare photographs are on display as well as the famous Truman poker table.
Information & DirectionsTours of the house turned museum are conducted daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, but purchased your tickets in advance online will save you 50 cents on each adult ticket and 25 cents on childrens tickets.
It is located at 111 Front Street, Key West just two blocks from the Hilton Hotel. Parking is available at the Hilton Hotels parking garage just one block away.