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. Make Fort East Martello Museum a part of your Key West vacation plans using our Key West trip builder website .
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  • This is a very nice place to see a lot of historical items including Key West items. Be sure if you take ROBERT THE DOLL's picture you ask first or bad karma will get you. Read actual letters from peo...  more »
  • We were looking forward to seeing the Ft and Robert the Doll during our recent vacation. The place did not disappoint! We had a wonderful time on the tour and enjoyed Robert's story. We were also blow...  more »
  • This place is amazing a very great story behind the Roberto the Doll... It is right in front of the beach and great places to eat near by...  more »
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  • A pretty cool museum dedicated to Key West's history but the main standout point is Robert the Doll. Just don't go in October as they move Robert to another museum in Key West. Resembles a bit of St. Augustine.
  • My dear Robert i'm so sorry looking at videos and pictures without your permission. And for saying all that mean stuff about you. Online please forgive me and lift the bad luck. That was put on me with good luck. Your dear friend - Samuel Houston Hi Robert I need to say sorry again for looking at pictures and videos of you without your permission oh and also thank you so much for making my life better I can not thank you enough when I am older I want to come and visit you Pets kept dying over and over and I got very depressed now I am happy again and full of joy Thank you robert. Again Your dear friend - Samuel Houston
  • This is a very respectful place and has a lot of information to learn about. On another note, Matthew and myself would like to apologize to Robert the Doll in specific for viewing footage of him that was taken without his permission. We deeply do apologize and hope you give us your forgiveness, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year with many more to come.
  • Sorry Robert for see your photos without your permisson i dont know but i respect you and i hope that you can forgive me.I will try to go to the museum as soon as possible.
  • Hi Robert, I saw a picture of you without your permission. My true apologies, I would like to go visit you someday, I hope that is ok with you. Thank you.

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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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