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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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  • I got in very cheaply on my military ID. The fort is preserved as a museum but not exclusively as a military site. This is where you will meet haunted doll 'Robert'. There are also art exhibits, espec...  more »
  • If you take the Old Town Trolly Tours, the driver, as you approach the fort on the tour, will tell you about the old fort and its unworldly occupants. You can hop off and tour this old structure and m...  more »
  • I'm sorry Robert, as I didn't have your permission to view your video. Please accept this as an earnest apology!  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.