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Fort East Martello Museum, Key West

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Sink your teeth into local history at Fort East Martello Museum, an outstanding example of Martello style military architecture. Construction on the fort began in 1862 by the U.S Army, intended to protect Key West against a Confederate sea assault. Remarkably, the Union-controlled island saw no battle during the Civil War and the fort was abandoned unfinished as the war drew to a close. In 1950 the fort opened as a museum, preserving a collection of relics from the Civil War. The museum also features exhibits about local cigar-manufacturing industries, folk art, and the infamous Robert the Doll, a haunted doll from the collection of artist Robert Eugene Otto. Use our Key West trip itinerary maker to add Fort East Martello Museum and other attractions to your Key West vacation plans.
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  • The grounds were historic and take time to read the placards to learn about the history of this fort. The displays were interesting, Robert the doll gives the museum an interesting and creepy spin. Th...  more »
  • We stopped by here on a bike ride, and we only had to pay 1/2 price, as they were partially closed for renovations. It was interesting seeing the many displays! 
  • Was a great museum for what we could see with all the construction going on. They have an enormous gift shop with a great variety of items. We only had to pay 1/2 price due to construction which was f...  more »
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  • This is a great spot to visit..full of history and exhibits. Its hot inside. No AC but worth it. You can purchase water inside. New local artist exhibit has AC. Also you can meet Robert the doll. Great story on him..must see!
  • This was a pretty cool place. Robert the Doll was doing his things. GF and I were the only two there so it was cool to have place to ourselves and explore.
  • Great local museum. You get a good history of key west. It won't take long to get through all the exhibits, but spend some time with Robert. The central tower offers great views and is a perfect picture spot. It is right next to the airport so go when you land or before you leave. It is well worth the low admissions price.
  • Interesting place to visit. Good exhibits. Unusual art
  • Key West is full of history and the fort is no exception. Be sure to say hi to Robert the doll while your there.