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The House of Refuge Museum

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Address: 301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
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+1 772-225-1875
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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The oldest surviving building in Martin County. Built in 1876. Limited parking just off the narrow drive-by road. Some visitors also parked on the grassy swale up the road... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The oldest surviving building in Martin County. Built in 1876. Limited parking just off the narrow drive-by road. Some visitors also parked on the grassy swale up the road. Entrance is through the gift shop, where the $7 admission fee is collected. I caught up with the group the guide was leading through the museum in the refuge house basement.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The House of Refuge is very very cool to see and the last of it's kind of old world rescue stations/buildings... And there is a neat little museum about the Jobe (Hobe) indians down below and you'll also learn about Jonathan Dickenson's story, which is really quite wild and involves somehow surviving cannibal indians Oh, if you catch it at... More 

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South of England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They were busy setting up for a wedding when I arrived but despite this I was warmly greeted and offered a personal tour around this small museum. My guide for my visit was a volunteer. A very knowledgable and friendly chap called Tom. We started my tour on the terrace area with me sitting in a wooden rocking chair and... More 

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Maya Beach
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Very interesting place to visit.....nicely preserved original structure from the houses of refuge. Takes less than an hour, local volunteers give you a guided tour, cost is about $8-$10......if you go on-line you can get discounts for going to House of Refuge, FL Oceanographic and Elliot Museum as a package. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon. Not an... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This place is amazing. Right on the beach and has a cool history to it. However, there is this very mysterious compound to the left of this place. i swore i saw a man that looked like bin laden hiding in this place... Someone should look into this.

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Aurora, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

One of those places for a short visit but you learn a lot of history about marine wrecks and rescue in the days of sailing vessels. Good for kids and anyone who likes history.

1 Thank Paul L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This historic building and museum is a tribute to the early years of old Florida. The museum is filled with remarkable artifacts that illustrate the history of early 19th Century construction and coastal coast guard services. Enjoy a great self tour or seek the help of knowledge docents. Whatever you do don't miss the stunning beach, cliffs and sea life... More 

1 Thank Don L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is such an interesting place to visit, and it played such an important role at the time in the coastal history of Florida and what developed into the Coast Guard.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Older house on the beach with antique rooms inside with the usual artifacts from a much earlier era. What we love is the beach it is located on. Many rocks that make for beautiful pictures when the water is not choppy. Recommend seeing.

1 Thank Don S
New Orleans
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A very well-preserved Rescue station, from the days before motor lifeboats and aircraft, they were established for rescue and sheltering of shipwrecked sailors along the Florida Coast. Nothing flashy fancy or high-tech, which makes it all the better. You can see the history of the many shipwrecks in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as living quarters for... More 

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