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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MARTIN COUNTY

“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.

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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

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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

December 28, 2020

Good Day everyone,

 

“Better to fight for something than to live for nothing. - George S. Patton

I once had the great privilege to direct a very talented cast of high school actors in a powerful rendition of the stage play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” During the rehearsal phase of the production, I took the student cast to the Holocaust Museum of Detroit, and we had a private meeting with a survivor. At some point in the survivor's story, he said, "Those who had something precious to live for survived, and those who did not, perished." I'll never forget these words, and I assure you the students remember the moment.

At this particular moment in the life of the Historical Society of Martin County, our very talented staff and dedicated volunteers have redoubled their efforts to keep our institution buoyant during some remarkably challenging times. We all believe that the 145-year history of the House of Refuge and the 60-year history of the Elliott Museum are precious enough to fight for. The HSMC team has been so resilient that it appears that instead of retrenching, we are, in fact, gaining momentum.

 

“The idea is not to live forever – it is to create something that will.” – Andy Warhol

 With the most altruistic intentions, the United States Lifesaving Service built 10 Houses of Refuge in Florida in the late 1800s. One of these Houses of Refuge remains, and we are lucky enough to be the keepers of this iconic and singularly unique piece of history. With the most altruistic intentions, Harmon Elliott created the Elliott Museum as a tribute to his beloved father, Sterling. The Elliott Museum is home to much of Martin County's history, and we all know what happens to civilizations that fail to honor their history.

We are, by all measures, intent on preserving both of these cherished institutions for future generations.        

               

The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away days waiting for better ones ahead.

First and foremost, we want everyone to be safe. We also want everyone to be happy. We believe we have created safe and spectacular spaces for you and your family to enjoy during the pandemic. We restored our full hours of service on July 6, 2020, and we have delighted several thousand people with a series of new and engaging exhibits.

We invite and encourage you to bring your family and guests for a visit to both the House of Refuge Museum and the Elliott Museum. Today is the day!

 

May your holidays overflow with peace and happiness!

Rob
 

Be appreciated and appreciative,

Rob Steele

HSMC President & CEO

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