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The House of Refuge Museum

301 Southeast MacArthur Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 225-1875
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Stuart
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The oldest building in Martin County still stands! So much history and information packed into a small building. A great place to learn about the past and enjoy the beautiful view!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

So much information relayed by our very knowledgable tour guide. A thunderstorm made the visit all the more authentic. Go visit!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The House Of Refuge is a nice historic site on the beaches of Stuart FL. It was built to rescue sailors, who were in ship wrecks off of the coast in the many coral reefs that dot the area. The water breaking on the rocks there is beautiful, as is the view of the water. Well worth the time to... More

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Stuart, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What I love most about The house of Refuge is its surroundings. The story behind this museum is interesting as The House of Refuge and its lighthouse was there before Hutchinson Island was connected to the mainland by bridges. It has housed and helped many of the sea turtles in past years. My son had his first glimpse of a... More

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Avon Lake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Museum that serves as a tribute to our coastal history. Run by volunteers who are very knowledgeable and friendly. I was fascinated by how the early settlers served as the emergency support for sailing vessels that sank or ran a ground. They functioned for many years until the Coast Guard was established. Initially visitors are given a guided tour and... More

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Sausalito, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Very sublime location with a lot of history that I sure didn't know about. The display/preservation of items is very interesting... worth taking a stop.

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Long Island, N.Y.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Enjoyed the museum but really enjoyed the views of the water. The story of the house of Refuge was quite interresting.

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Stuart, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I think this is the last remaining of the series of "houses" that were built to help rescue stranded people/crews from shipwrecks along this part of the eastern coast. If you get one of the volunteers - dressed in period clothes - he is really good; however I cannot remember his name. The people at the place when you call... More

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Stuart, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is an interesting historic property located on a bluff on the beach. It really shows how and why people lived here and is an important property. They do weddings there and if you like going to the beach you should definitlly stop by.Small kids would not be particularly interested but the beach alone will keep them occupied.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Fascinating history here in the only preserved "house of refuge" which operated in the late 1890s early 1900s as a refuge for shipwreck survivors, Definitely worth the visit and I recommend taking the docent tour.

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