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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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  • Im sorry robert i should have never watched a video about you without permission i just came around a random video of you, it had no permission from you 
    Im sorry robert i should have never watched a video about you without permission i just came around a random video of you, it had no permission from you  more »
  • Hello Robert Please accept my apologies I' m so sorry I looked at you online multiple times and accidentally tapped your picture a few times I was unaware I had to ask permission to look at you I am.....  more
    Hello Robert Please accept my apologies I' m so sorry I looked at you online multiple times and accidentally tapped your picture a few times I was unaware I had to ask permission to look at you I am.....  more »
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  • Neat place. Stumbled on the doll and freaked me out. Didn't take pics of it and was respectful of it. Suzie, the attendent ( who was magnificent) said it had been "breathing" that day. I sh*t you not, I saw the things chest inhale & exhale. Was completely respectful to it, but later that day got the worst back & groin sprain I'd ever had. Could hardly get around the next day, and I'm only 45 years old. Not sure if related or not, but coincidental. Apparently some ghost hunters from Georgia were there the previous night and they "awakened" some things. Wish I'd never seen the thing
  • What a little gem! Highly recommend when either leaving or returning from Key West Airport (it's right next door). Despite being a regular visitor to the area I had never been here until recently. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the exhibits. I learned quite a bit of Key West history and lore that I hadn't heard from other sites. And Robert totally did it😁

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