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East Martello Battery

East Martello Tower

Photo courtesy of VISIT FLORIDA.

    This battery was built in 1862 to protect Fort Zachary Taylor from Confederate attack. Introduction of rifled cannon barrel, however, made the brick and mortar building obsolete before it was completed and it never was armed. The tower was used for military training and housing before becoming a museum in 1951. Today, East Martello Tower houses displays of Florida Keys history, sculpture, and an art gallery.

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General Information:
Open daily including holidays; $6/adult; $3/child; 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; last Martello tour begins 4:00 p.m. East Martello Museum, The Key West Art and Historical Society, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040, (305) 296-3913.

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Key West Art and Historical Society Museum

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