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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. Make Fort East Martello Museum a part of your Key West vacation plans using our Key West trip builder website.
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  • So sorry to Robert for watching you and seeing pictures online. This apology extends from my Mother, Mother in Law and Husband too. May you always get the respect you deserve. 
    So sorry to Robert for watching you and seeing pictures online. This apology extends from my Mother, Mother in Law and Husband too. May you always get the respect you deserve.  more »
  • Hi Robert, before I knew your story I took a screenshot of your photo. I was not aware that I needed your permission for this. I also Googles you and watched you online. I'm sorry for these action... 
    Hi Robert, before I knew your story I took a screenshot of your photo. I was not aware that I needed your permission for this. I also Googles you and watched you online. I'm sorry for these action...  more »
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  • This place is educational and has so much history. I lessened so much a bout Key West here. It's a self guided tour but I am sure if you wanted they may have guided tours. Robert the Doll is here. You must ask permission to take his photo. They tell you before the tour, is in the pamphlet and it's on the walls. The history of Robert is posted behind him. There are other dolls that have their own house outside. Overall this fort is fascinating and a must see.
  • Spooky Cool place. Lots of old artifacts. Robert the Doll main draw. Ask him before taking pics. In the middle is an old two story building you can explore and go to the top and look at nice ocean views. AC and gift shop.

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