“The Genius of Innovation and Creativity.”

This private, non-profit organization, Historical Society of Martin County, interprets and celebrates the genius of innovation, creativity and the historical events of Martin County and the surrounding region, all within an environment of learning and discovery.


Purchase your tickets to the Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, or a Combo package!

HSMC is proud to have two Blue Star Museums!

And admission is always free to Veterans and Military personnel.

Call us for any questions at 772.225.1961

Elliott Museum
Regular Admission

House of Refuge Museum Regular Admission

Elliott Museum & House of Refuge Combo Admission


Historical Society of Martin County

The Historical Society of Martin County is the parent organization of the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum. As the Elliott Museum wows guests with its renowned car and baseball collections, the House of Refuge showcases what life was like for the Keeper and his family in turn-of-the-century Florida. Both museums showcase a wide variety of exhibits, collections, and lectures, all designed to serve the interests of people who live in and visit Florida’s Treasure Coast.

The Historical Society of Martin County is the parent organization of the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum.

An Update From The President

September 07, 2020

Good day everyone,
Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.
The Historical Society of Martin County and its two unique museums have held fast during the treacherous waters of 2020. We are one of just a handful of nonprofits in the realm of arts and culture that anchor tourism activity and, in turn, economic activity in Martin County. We are also considered to be a community gathering place and a point of pride for everyone who calls Martin County home. The financial pressures born of the pandemic have been relentless, and our anchor is beginning to slip. We need your help to hold fast.
"Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in them a fellow human being." — U.S. Lifesaving Service Motto
The motto by which the early Keepers of the House of Refuge were guided is remarkably poignant today. Even though we are recognized by our brick and mortar at the Elliott —and clapboard siding and cedar shingles at the House of Refuge — our organization is comprised of flesh and blood human beings. Our small but ridiculously committed staff has doubled down during the COVID challenges to reinvent our spaces and provided a welcome respite for area residents when they needed it the most. We need your help to stand firm.
"No one has ever become poor by giving." — Anne Frank
Many years ago, a fellow nonprofit leader who I admired greatly told me, “Most of the money I have ever raised for my organization came from people who could barely afford to give it and gave more than they could reasonably afford.” I’ve never forgotten these words, and they have often proven to be true. Whether you are able to give $1 or $100,000 to a cherished organization in your community, this is your moment to stretch. This is a time when acts of kindness truly help to erase suffering in a world that seems to be cultivating it. We need your help to keep up the fight.
So Shines A Good Deed In A Weary World
Despite my valiant, lifelong efforts, I have never been able to escape my dependence on Midwest colloquialisms. I often tell people that “I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I am a keen observer.” Throughout the course of this long year of 2020, I have observed the steady erosion of the patience, passion, and resolve of everyone in my field of vision. All manner of fatigue is easy to see and feel as we grind our way through the novel challenges that surround us. If you can find it in your heart to honor us with a gift, it will brighten our Day, your Day, and I believe the luminescence of kindness is cumulative in the world. We need your help to stand tall.
As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate your support.

Be genuine and graceful,

Rob Steele

HSMC President & CEO


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