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Fort East Martello Museum, Key West

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • Well, this place was great - if you love history! Also, Robert the Doll lives here! (I had never heard of Robert before this trip). Fascinating stories heard here. No A/C, so if you can't stand the he...  read more »
  • A true classic haunted location. Robert the doll is here, with several other spirits also. HE IS A MUST SEE. If you are sensitive, you will feel his presence, and perhaps other spirits on the grounds....  read more »
  • I wrote my review for this place under the West Martello by mistake and don't know how to get rid of the other..... Anyway, this is not a good place to go on a hot and humid day. The only place with a...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This Fort has exhibits of Key West history using artifacts and a couple of exhibits have doll houses depicting family life in Key West. And of course Robert the Doll is housed in the museum. The gardens are very pretty. The Fort is worth the price of admission. ****
  • Interesting place to visit. Good exhibits. Unusual art
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