Street Address
825 NE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
Mailing Address
825 NE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
phone: 772-225-1961
fax: 772-225-2333
Elliott Museum and House of Refuge
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Closed Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Adults: $14
Seniors (over 65): $12
Military: $12
Members: free
Children (6-12): $6
Children under 6 free
Combo Ticket Elliott and House of Refuge: $18
AAA or AARP: $13
Gift Shop
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Rob Steele, President & CEO
Lavaine Wrigley, Collections Manager
phone: 772-225-1961 x108
Smith Amie, Visitors Services Manager & Membership Coordinator
phone: 772-225-1961
Don Gilbert, Car Curator
phone: 772-225-1961
Al Simbritz, Volunteer & Education Coordinator
Debra Banta, Special Events and Rentals Coordinator
Jillian Brehne, Visitors Services Assistant
Jim Butterworth, Facilities & Security Manager
Linda Geary, HSMC Curator
MJ Parker, Visitors Services Assistant
Vickie Tobiasz, Financial Manager


The Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge

This general museum features a variety of exhibits which focus on three areas--art, history and technology. The highlight of the permanent exhibitions is the auto gallery which features a unique robotic display with over fifty vehicles. The robot retrieves vehicles upon request and brings them to a display turn table for examination. Visitors can also see vintage vehicles on the floor of the gallery, including a Springfield, Massachusetts-made Rolls Royce, a 1930 school bus into which you can climb, and an exhibition of three differently-powered early cars. Other exhibitions include a Foucault Pendulum, an exhibition of early bicycles and inventor Sterling Elliott, and Evinrude outboard motors. There are also exhibits about actress Frances Langford, vintage stores, local history, boat models, and a Baseball gallery featuring over 700 signed baseball cards, bats, and baseballs. The Museum also operates an active art studio where people take classes in everything from digital photography to sculpture. The Museum offers an impressive slate of changing exhibitions in its 3,000 square foot exhibition gallery. Recent exhibitions have included "Leonardo da Vinci's Machines in Motion," and "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design."


The mission of the Elliott Museum is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history, and technology for people living in and visiting the Treasure Coast.


The Historical Society of Martin County was formed in the mid-1950s to preserve and interpret the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, the last remaining house of its kind still standing. Soon after, Harmon Elliott donated funds to build a Museum to house the Society's offices and to feature exhibitions about his father's inventions. Together, father and son held 222 patents. Among the inventions attributed to Sterling are the pneumatic tire, what we now know as rack and pinion steering, the paper cup, addressing machines and the women's bicycle. He also purchased store fronts from New England to present in the Museum that he was creating. Over the years the community began to use the Museum as a provider of changing exhibitions and also art classes. Also, important local history materials were donated to the Museum. With these avenues of service opening up, the Museum expanded its mission and vision. After several hurricanes damaged the 1961 facility, and with the gift of a significant collection of vintage automobiles, the Board of Directors embarked on a new building campaign. In 2009, the old building was torn down, and a new 49,000 square foot facility was designed. The new facility opened in 2013.

Artifacts Collections

Museum Collection

The Museum has 28,000 items in its collection. The Collection includes over 90 vintage cars, classic boats, boat models, outboard motors, bicycles, motor cycles, and a reproduction air plane. The Museum also has a significant collection of Americana from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, including store accoutrements. The museum has a large collection of American art from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Important pieces of local history include archeological items, items from ship wrecks, Seminole materials, and items relating to the Pineapple industry. The Museum has a very large collection of signed baseball memorabilia. There is a significant library and archives including historical photographs of Martin County, Florida, actress Frances Langford, and other items. There are over 3,000 books, including a significant collection of maritime books. The Museum has perhaps the largest collection of materials relating to actress Frances Langford.


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Library and Archives

The Library and Archives is nearly ready to open to the public for regular hours. Librarians continue to process more than 1,000 boos, many of which are about Maritime history. Archivists are beginning to process historic photographs and documents, including some surrounding the early history of Martin County.

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes



The Museum opened a new facility in 2013 and is fully accessible to wheel chair users. The Museum will hire sign language interpreters upon request.

Wheelchair Accessible




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