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Fort East Martello Museum

Address: 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305-296-3913
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Ranked #49 of 185 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Art museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Art museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Yorba Linda, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We were able to walk to fort from the Best Western, plenty of free parking--close to Smathers Beach. $9 adults, $8 seniors and military, $4 children. Kids would have fun running around fort and climbing spiral staircase to top of fort--adults need to help little ones so they do not fall. Interesting displays and nice gift shop.

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Tucson, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We couldn't help but stop at East Martello to see Robert. There is much more to see though. Historic structures, antiquities, local art, and a nice gift shop. I wish I could remember the young woman's name who was working the day we visited. She was very helpful, informative, and genuine. There was a bit of work going on and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We went expecting an interesting civil war fort but this was pathetic. The few items on display had little or no explanation. The building was interesting and a guided tour would have made the visit much better for us.

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Miami, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a great museum with authentic displays. The tour makes it even better to understand life in the mid-1800s. The view is also spectacular.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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270 reviews 270 reviews
76 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Everyone wants to visit here to see Robert the doll, but the museum offers more than just him. It has great local historical artifacts and it was a Fort at one time so the structure of the building is interesting to be in. You can go to the tower and see a great view. Remember, if you go and you... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Museum is still, obviously, undergoing development as there are numerous areas with little information available, however what information is available is well presented, informative, and presents an extremely good impression of what life might have been during the civil war, and the period of the Fort's importance.. The 'shop' is reasonably well stocked, but one would have welcomed the... More 

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Rushville, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I got to visit this place at night as part of the Key West Host tour. We were restricted to only a small portion of the fort, but it was definitely worth going back when the whole fort is open. Would love to be able to spend a few hours exploring. Lots of history there.

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Hamilton, NJ
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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Biked here to check out the Civil War Fort. The Museum is right next to the airport. Took about an hour to do the self guided tour. The woman who was working was very friendly and gave us a lot of information.

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Saint Cloud, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I enjoyed walking through this fort and was happy I got to climb to the top of the tower. You all get to meet Robert the Doll here but be sure you are nice to him. I love how everything was preserved to the way it was the only thing I did not like was that you could see all... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We always visit Robert every time we are in KW until today. The female working was rude and should not be in the customer service business!! The five of us were waiting for our turn to PAY for our tickets when my brother (A Keys Resident) was looking for the restroom, the Associate rudely said "can I help you?" And... More 

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