Sails to Rails at Flagler Station, Key West’s newest museum, takes visitors on a journey through the age of sail, a time when tail ships plied the treacherous waters of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from the 1500s to early 1900s and continues into the era of Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway in the early part of the century.
Located in the historic Key West Bight at 901 Caroline Street, this state-of-the-art museumfeatures hands on exhibits, raw footage, unique artifacts and the only scale model of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Sails to Rails at Flagler Station is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children ages 4-12.
As guests travel through this interactive timeline of Key West history, they will discover the history of sponging, turtling, fishing, wrecking cigar making and tourism that put Key West on the map. Guests can lift a genuine silver bar from the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha that sank full of gold, silver and emeralds during a hurricane off of Key West in 1522. Get to know Henry Flagler, John D. Rockefeller’s partner in Standard Oil, in the original paymaster’s railway car from the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway. Inside the Maggie Atwell House, the only remaining wooden structure built by the FEC, learn about the backbreaking work of building the railroad over the open ocean and the mosquito infested mangrove swamps of the Florida Keys.
For the younger set, the museum offers an area full of hands on activities, picture taking opportunities and the National Park Services Junior Ranger Program.
Sails to Rails at Flagler Station is part of the Historic Tours of America family of sightseeing tours, historic attractions and themed retail that operate in Key West; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; San Diego, CA; Savanah, GA; St. Augustine, FL; and Nashville, TN.