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The House of Refuge Museum

301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
+1 772-225-1875
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Historical museum of how stranded seafarers were rescued.

Be prepared to spend an hour reading about the history of how the Refuge staff saved many sailors... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
South Bend, IN
Interesting point of interest for history

I go here every time we get company from out of town. The historic tour is very interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathy H
Stuart, Florida
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301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Be prepared to spend an hour reading about the history of how the Refuge staff saved many sailors who ended up on the shore of this barren, at that time, island. Amazing stories. Visit the Refuge station house and read about ship wrecks, including American...More

Thank compost4all
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go here every time we get company from out of town. The historic tour is very interesting. Artifacts and articles cover the time from the AIS Indians until World War II. I enjoy bringing a little picnic lunch and sitting on the rocking chairs...More

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I loved spending around 30 minutes over at the beach at The House of Refuge Museum. The beach actually reminded me a little bit of Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter but even more beautiful. I felt like I was on a beach in Rhode Island...More

Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 9 November 2017

However is has an interesting history as a place of refuge for shipwrecked sailors and worth a visit. We also found the coast fun to walk along the cliff (about 8 feet high) and if not careful on a day when the surf is high...More

Thank IanR772
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Is a small place, surrounded by a gorgeous beach. It reminded me of California. You can take great pictures here, specially when the sun is starting to set. The place has a little store adjacent to the museum. The staff is very nice and helpful,...More

Thank peacokgreen2
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Besides interesting history of the House of refuge, location is unique, as it basically covers area from ocean to inlet, since barrier island is so narrow here. I expected heat (visited in July)to be more of an issue than it was, but definitely a warm...More

Thank mct3c
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The House of Refuge Museum provides a rare opportunity to see a piece of history that one might not even think about while walking along the miles of beaches along the eastern Florida coastline. As the only remaining house of refuge left of the ten,...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

This house of refuge was built in 1876 and is the oldest building in Martin County, it is also the last remaining House of Refuge in the State of Florida and one of the few remaining in the United States. A treasure to see particularly...More

Thank Virginia H
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A little bit of history that many people will ever hear about. This was a welcome site for shipwrecked sailors because the coast was unpopulated. There are many artifacts, pictures and a pirate story.

Thank Z0S0
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

This is a well-preserved piece of nautical history. The story of the house is well told through the displays and there are many artifacts that portray the difficulty of navigating the Florida coast and surviving a shipwreck. My boys, 4 and 9, enjoyed the story...More

Thank KelseyBear
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Valinda H
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Response from Z0S0 | Reviewed this property |
1 PM-4 PM on Sunday.
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Response from larry51347 | Reviewed this property |
The directions from Debbie are right. Enjoy