Fort East Martello Museum, Key West

4.1
#11 of 26 in Museums in Key West
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 wasn't very impressed I don't like self guided tours you never get the best history it's always better when you have someone you absolutely loves their job and telling you about it. The Fort was wel...  more »
  • This location is the perfect mix of history and art. Such a neat place. Something for everyone. Make sure you ask Robert if you can take his picture.  more »
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  • Love the museum and all that it has to offer. So many interesting, and weird items to look at. Entrance fee is on point. Make sure you visit the famous, Robert the Doll. No air conditioning, so dress cool. But, hey, it's an old military fort and has lots of history. It's also across the street from the beautiful ocean. Highly recommend.
  • Beautiful history everywhere you look here. Check out their website for special events. Don't forget to say hi to Robert... And ask permission before taking his picture.😉
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