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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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  • We stopped by the fort as part of a Haunted Key West Tour and was impressed by the fort and museum. We spent some time in the gift shop and then saw Robert the Doll and the museum area around it. Inte...  more »
  • My son loved the art and I was so excited to see Robert the Doll. I did ask him twice if I could take his picture, just to be on the safe side :-).  more »
  • My family was skeptical about going to this Museum. We thought it was going to be some boring museum with blah blah vanilla stuff inside... But the story of Robert the Doll, in the reviews, really cau...  more »
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  • Got there early and pretty much had the museum too myself with Robert the doll😋
  • 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.
  • This is one of many cool historical forts in Key West. It's a very fun place to visit and there is some cool educational content here. The must interesting thing is probably Robert the Doll (who's supposedly haunted). It's not quite as good as Fort Zachary Taylor, but it's definitely a good place to kill some time.
  • Neat experience. A must for a first time visit to Key West

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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