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Elliott Museum located on Hutchinson Island FL

Museums on and around Hutchinson Island

Rich in history, arts and culture, the Treasure Coast has a variety of local museums, historical places and art galleries to visit during your stay here on Hutchinson Island. Right here on Hutchinson Island we have the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge at Gilberts Bar Museum. Close by is the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum, Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum, Mel Fishers Treasure Museum, Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery, St Lucie County Regional History Center and the Stuart Heritage Museum. 

Discover our local history by visiting one of many Hutchinson Island museums and nearby museums in Stuart FL, Fort Pierce FL, Port St Lucie, Jupiter and Sebastian FL.

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce FL
A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce Florida

Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
Photo credit: Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

Our Town Market Exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, photo credit: Earth Mama's World

Court House Cultural Center Gallery Stuart Florida

Elliott Museum, Hutchinson Island, Stuart FL
Elliott Museum, Hutchinson Island FL
Photo courtesy Elliott Museum

Elliott Museum located on Hutchinson Island, Stuart, Florida
Elliott Museum, Hutchinson Island, Stuart, Florida
Photo courtesy Elliott Museum

750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon at the Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center

Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center
Stingray Feed Program

House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, Stuart FL
House of Refuge Hutchinson Island FL

Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge, Hutchinson Island, Stuart FL
Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge
Hutchinson Island, Stuart Florida

Jupiter Lighthouse, Jupiter Florida
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Photo courtesy: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum, Sebastian FL
Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum, Sebastian Florida

Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit
Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island, FL

St. Lucie County Regional History Center, Fort Pierce

Stuart Heritage Museum, Stuart FL

Navy UDT- Seal Museum, Fort Pierce FL
Navy UDT- Seal Museum, Fort Pierce FL
North Hutchinson Island Florida

A. E. Backus Museum and Gallery

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, a 5,000 sq. ft. public visual arts facility, was established in 1960 by A.E. Backus and a group of local art enthusiasts. The museum features the Nation's largest display of original paintings by Albert Ernest Backus. The museum also handles consignment sales of Backus paintings as well as other Treasure Coast artists of merit. Four additional exhibition wings feature changing exhibits of artwork by contemporary artists.

Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Admission: $5.00
FREE: The First Sunday of every month.
FREE: Current Members, Students with ID, Active Duty Military Personnel and Children under 12.
Discount on admission $2.00 for AARP, AAA, Veterans with ID and those over 65.

A. E. Backus Museum and Gallery
500 N. Indian River Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: 772-465-0630
Visit: A. E. Backus Museum and Gallery

Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach Florida
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, interactive activities. The Children's Museum exhibits include, Our Town Market where children will be able to role play shopping complete with shopping carts and checkout station, the Health Center where children learn about their body systems enjoying interactivities involving a healthy heart, digestive system, skeletal system, and the functions of the brain, a Car Care Center where children can change a tire, check underneath the chassis, role play and use hands-on tools, a Vet Clinic where children play the role of veterinarian, Mail Stop where kids will have an exciting time sorting and delivering mail, The Children’s Theatre complete with costumes for young actors, scripts for young writers and props, Welcome Aboard 16th Century Spanish Galleon where children will be able to load and fire the cannons while keeping the ship safe from enemies and learn to navigate through the open seas and chart a course,  Fire Truck a 1923 Fire Truck where kids pretend to be firefighters,  try on real bunker gear and imagine driving to a call, Railway All Aboard, an interactive train exhibit where kids push the buttons and bring the train set to life and Come outside and play in the Children's Interactive Garden and Learning Landscape, Workshop Stations, Butterfly Garden, Interactive Themed Garden Play Structures and Sculptures plus much more.

Monday - Wed. 10am - 4pm
Thursday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday – 10am - 4pm
Sunday – Noon - 4pm

General Admission Members FREE, Adults/Seniors/Children $8.50, 12 months to 2 years $4.25, Under 1 FREE

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
1707 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach FL 34957
Phone: 772-225-7575
Visit: The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

Courthouse Cultural Museum

The old Martin County Courthouse has been restored to its original 1937 architectural design and now houses two fine galleries and  host to local, regional and internationally renowned artists. Displays include historical photographs of early Martin County works by local artists and other changing exhibitions. Seasonal hours, admission by donation. Court House Cultural Center Gallery

Admission by donation

Tuesday-Friday 10AM-4PM
Sat. 11AM-2PM

Courthouse Cultural Museum
80 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone (772) 287-6676
Visit: Courthouse Cultural Museum

Elliott Museum
The Elliott Museum was founded in 1960 by Harmon Elliott in memory of his father, turn-of-the-century inventor Sterling Elliott. Created to showcase the inventive genius of Elliott and the 'American spirit.' The museum, a 53-year-old Martin County institution, has undergone a major re-visioning as well. Focusing on art, history and technology, the Elliott Museum aims to tell the rich story of our region, capture the spirit of innovation that has left an indelible mark on the American psyche, and celebrate the power of originality. Permanent Exhibits include Wheels of Change the most comprehensive assemblage of Model A trucks in the world, Baseball Gallery the most comprehensive signed collection of baseball-related items outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, Treasure Coast History exhibit, Maritime History exhibit; Sterling Elliott Inventions exhibit, local resident and actor Frances Langford exhibit and host to many traveling exhibits.

Adults - $14, Senior and Military Personal 12.00, Children (2 to 12 years) - $6, Under 2 years of age - Free.

The Elliott Museum
Located on Hutchinson Island
825 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 225-1961
Free visit: Elliott Museum

Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center

Nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, Touch Tanks, Aquariums and the Frances Langford Visitors Center.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre parcel houses the Society's headquarters,  With its coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center provides excellent opportunities for education and research aimed at increasing visitors' knowledge of these unique environments.

A great place to take this kids but fun and educational for adults too! A great time to visit the center would be during stingray feeding time where visitors can help feed the stingrays!

Stingray Feeding Program
Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m.

Sea Turtle Program
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday - 1:30 p.m.

Game Fish Feeding Program
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.

Guided Nature Trail Walk When Available
Trails open for self guided until 4 p.m.
Monday-Saturday 3 p.m. Sunday

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
890 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
Phone: 772-225-0505
Visit: Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center

House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar
House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar is the oldest building on the Treasure Coast and the only fully restored House of Refuge in Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the House (circa 1876) is a museum displaying historical maritime artifacts, personal items and furnishings belonging to the House's 'Keeper' and family, a model ship collection, AIS Native American artifacts and Shipwreck artifacts and much more! The House of Refuge is also a shipwreck dive site. Dive the shipwreck of George's Valentine. Free of charge.

Adults $8, Children (2 to 12 years), $3 Under 2 years of age Free

Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge Museum
Located on Hutchinson Island
301 Southeast MacArthur Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
P (772) 225-1875
visit: House of Refuge


Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 Jupiter Lighthouse and exhibits in the waterfront History Museum located in the restored WWII Naval housing quarters building. Outdoor exhibits include the Lighthouse Keeper's Workshop, Tindall Pioneer Homestead & Seminole Chickee. Visit the Museum gift shop for history & Lighthouse books, clothing & fine gifts.  

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is located on a US Coast Guard base. Visitors are permitted access to the Lighthouse and Lighthouse grounds only on a guided registered tour through the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. The admissions desk is located in the Museum gift shop. Admission includes Museum exhibits and Lighthouse Tour. Children must be at least 48" tall to climb the Lighthouse. Children under that height may still go on tour but will have to stay with an adult at the deck area of the lighthouse.

$9 for adults, $5 children ages 6-18, 5 & under and active US military with ID admitted free.

Jan-Apr: Open 7 Days
May-Dec: Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Mondays
10am-5pm, last lighthouse tour at 4pm.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
500 Captain Armour's Way
Jupiter, FL 33469
Phone: 561.747.8380
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum

Mel Fisher, the World's Greatest Treasure Hunter famous for finding the largest underwater treasure find in history, the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank during a hurricane on September 6, 1622. His find included $450 million dollar treasure cache with over 40 tons of silver and gold, over 100,000 Spanish silver coins known as "Pieces of Eight", gold coins, Columbian emeralds, silver and gold artifacts and over 1000 silver bars. This was only roughly half of the treasure that went down with the Atocha. The wealthiest part of the ship, the stern, is yet to be found. 

Visit the Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum where artifacts and treasures are showcased including gold, silver, emeralds, jewelry and other recovered artifacts and treasures found on the famous shipwreck Atocha and Santa Margarita as well as the 1715 Shipwreck Fleet by Mel Fisher. The museum also is a working conservation laboratory used to preserve artifacts recovered from underwater with an observation window for viewing conservation work from inside the museum. Within the museum, visit the gift shop, where you can purchase artifacts and coins recovered from the shipwrecks. Or Dive the Atocha and go treasure hunting with Mel's team.

Rates: $7.00 adults, $5.00 seniors 55+

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum
1322 US Highway 1
Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 589-9875
Visit: Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum

Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit provides a window into the underwater world of the east coast of Florida's most diverse estuary in the United States - the Indian River Lagoon. Experience the unsurpassed biological diversity that lies below these waters. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine and near shore habitats, as well as a deepwater Oculina coral reef. There are several smaller aquarium displays and a touch tank where you can meet some of our local sea creatures.

Adults: $4.00, Children: $3.00, Seniors: $3.00.
First Tuesday of every month is FREE!

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
420 Seaway Drive
Hutchinson Island
Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Phone 772-462-6220
Visit: Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

St. Lucie County Regional History Center Historical Museum

Enter the St. Lucie County Historical Museum through a replica of their early F.E.C. train station where volunteers will greet you. Then depart on a journey to discover the rich heritage of the Treasure Coast. Begin with a view of the first known inhabitants, the Ais Indians. Archaeological finds and DeBry sketches show their culture.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
12 - 4 p.m. Sunday 

Admission: Adult $4.00; Seniors $3.00; Children 4-17 $3.00; Children under 4 are free.

St. Lucie County Regional History Center
414 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Visit: St Lucie County Historical Museum

Stuart Heritage Museum

The Stuart Heritage Museum, located in Historical Downtown Stuart, Florida, has a fascinating collection of artifacts from Stuart and Martin County's past including, Americana, the finest collections of authentic clothing, dolls, tools and artifacts from Florida's Seminole Indians, Yearbooks, photos, football trophies, school books, etc., relating to the elementary through high schools in Martin County, Antiques from numerous historical locations in Stuart, Celebrities' Memorabilia from Frances Langford, Ralph Evinrude, Jon Hall and Zack Mosley, to celebrities, A large collection of photos over the decades of the places and people of Stuart, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Indiantown, Hobe Sound, Rio, Port Salerno, Hutchinson Island and Jupiter plus so much more! Learn about the local history, visit the Stuart Heritage Museum. Admission: Free

Hours 7 Days a week 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stuart Heritage Museum
161 SW Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: 772-220-4600

Stuart Heritage Museum

UDT Navy SEAL Museum

Dive into the secret world of Naval Special Warfare at The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial. Here you can explore the history of these legendary maritime special operations warriors. Get up close and hands-on with the specialized equipment used by Navy SEAL Teams—from the first operations of their legacy units during World War II to today’s high tech, high stakes missions. You will also find rare and unusual artifacts from some of the SEALs’ most renowned and dangerous missions.

This memorial museum, located on the exact site where the World War II Navy frogmen trained, provides modern day visitors with a closer look at the practical aspects and historical significance of those who served on the Navy's SEAL and Underwater Demolition Teams.

Adults (ages 13 and over) $8.00, Children (ages 6 - 12) $4.00, Children (5 and under) Free, Entry fee included with membership

UDT/Seal Museum
3300 North A1A, Pepper Park
North Hutchinson Island
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone: 772-595-1570
visit: Navy SEAL Museum

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