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Elliott Museum, Stuart

(4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
The Elliott Museum, located at 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida, United States, focuses on art, history, and technology. Named after the prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum features a changing exhibition gallery and an art studio; maritime, baseball, and local history galleries; and bicycles, classic wooden boats, motorcycles, over 90 cars and trucks, and even an airplane. Over 50 vehicles are displayed in a unique robotic racking system which retrieves vehicles on demand for display on a turntable. The Elliott Museum has one of the largest collections of historic Ford Model A and Model AA commercial vehicles in the world.HistoryThe original Elliott Museum was built in 1961 by Harmon Elliott as a tribute to his father, Sterling Elliott. On November 18, 1961, it was given to the non-profit Historical Society of Martin County, which has operated both the Museum and Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge ever since. Some of the collection came from Sterling Elliott. Much of it was purchased by Harmon Elliott from an Americana Museum in Salem Massachusetts for display in the Elliott Museum.Over the years, the original building was in need of repair and the spaces no longer met the needs of the growing museum organization, so in June 2011 the original Elliott Museum building was torn down. The new, 48,000 square foot Elliott Museum opened to the public in March, 2013. The Museum opened with the donation of the Model A and Model AA commercial vehicle collection assembled by Elliott R. Donnelley. Shortly after opening, the Museum merged with the Classic Boat and Maritime Museum, taking on its collection of classic boats, boat models, and its mission of interpreting local maritime history.
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  • We enjoyed our visit to the museum and were especially intrigued with the storage and display of the vintage cars. I think there were 3 levels of cars, that were moved with a specialized platform from...  more »
  • A cool windy day enticed us to visit the Elliott Museum. Wow were we glad we did. They have a wonderful assortment of meticulously restored antique vehicles as well as changing displays. Today there w...  more »
  • If you are a lover of classic cars this is the museum for you. The collection of classic cars is fantastic. And the way they showcase the cars is amazing. There was also a special exhibit of the story...  more »
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  • Took the hubby and our three teen-aged kids during summer vacation (we needed a break from all the wonderful beaches and sun exposure). The museum as a whole is very organized - considering the variety of memorabilia housed there. My biggest recommendation is to take the time to do the guided tour of the bottom floor - which details the history of the automobile. Kudos to our amazing guide Ms. Joan Murphy - who held the interest of our three teens and captivated us with her wealth of knowledge at every station along the way!!
  • Very interesting museum, full of Americana. Tons of classic old cars, boats, motorcycles. 1 room devoted to baseball and so much more!
  • Don't bother! Huge disappointment and huge waste of money. Very small and quite boring! Was an awesome and huge museum to go to in the 80's and 90's but the hurricanes destroyed much of what they used to have. 😥
  • I had mot been to this museum for many, many years after the hurricanes damaged the building. They did a wonderful job rebuilding! There is a tour guide through part of the museum. If you are a car buff then you will love the three floors of cars!
  • Elliott Museum is really something special. And for me I have fond memories of visiting the "old" Elliott Museum as a kid, back in the 90's. Now the newly built Elliott Museum really does a wonderful job of capturing the old and new of both museums and now with two floors of displays, there's so much to look at. I would highly recommend it to anyone for the first time locally, visiting South Florida, or looking to checkout the new displays that change often.