Fort East Martello Museum, Key West

4.2
#10 of 25 in Museums in Key West
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • I have been wanting to see Robert the doll forever. My last trip to the keys I wasn’t able to go so there was no way I was missing out on this again. The fort is really cool. It’s small, but it’s...  more »
  • I am sorry robert for watching a video of you posted on YouTube without your permission (that someone took without your permission) I hope you have a wonderful night there.  more »
  • I went with a few people to see Robert the Doll. It was as close to an a paranormal object I would ever want to be again. I was respectful and just passed by. The museum had some interesting...  more »
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  • It was a great experience I waited eight years to check off my bucket list. The man in the gift shop was very friendly and informative, the exhibits were well maintained and set up well. I finally got to meet Robert the Doll and am very pleased to say I had his permission to take a photo! I cannot stress this enough: Just be polite and courteous and ASK PERMISSION BEFORE taking his photo. There were a couple other guests who were rude to him, I think he will be expecting their letters of apology soon.
  • Atmosphere is eerie and interesting, really enjoyed the self tour option and exploring the forts hidden wonders. The museum allow you to travel back in time to a period where of discovery and imagination. Recommend you to visit if your in Key West.
  • I think most people, as I did, will come here for Robert. And it sure was interesting. But I gotta day, there’s a lot of history in this place, so take your time to go over all the artifacts and explore around the museum, including the upper floor of the fort that has beautiful view.
  • The museum is nice, but I have to admit that the reason I wanted to go to Fort East Martello Museum was because of Robert the Haunted Doll. A doll famous for being haunted and the inspiration for Chucky from the “Child's Play” movies. And it was worth it. The doll is very cool and unusually. I also got a small Robert-doll in the gift shop. Thumbs up for Robert the Doll!
  • Great experience. Came to see Robert the Doll but there was so much more to see. Beautiful views of the water from the top.

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