Elliott Museum, Hutchinson Island
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The Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island is a good idea, because it's a great place to get out of the heat on a summer (half the year in Florida!) day. The museum is in a huge, modern building with large windows and streamlined spaces. Taking up two floors at the end of the building is a sort of high-tech three-storey glass storage system for cars, where you can select a car, under the supervision of an employee, and wait your turn for it to be displayed on the turnstile. A forklift goes up and grabs the car. Although I am not a car enthusiast at all, I did really admire the aesthetics of these cars- they just don't make cars artfully beautiful anymore! The 1903 Cadillac that is on display on the floor is such a delight with its pretty seats and swirly design on the side- I could just imagine the joy the owner must have felt upon buying that one.An art studio for the community has large windows looking out on the palms outside. Also lovely is the upstairs where you can see a view of the ocean from the wall to wall windows. There is a cafe that pays tribute to a time that many of the Hutchinson Island residents still remember, the thirties and forties, with a tiki theme and photos of Frances Langford and Jon Hall on the wall. The photos look so great attractively placed under the glass on the tables! The cafe is run by Osceola Street Cafe, hence the delicious and healthy food! There is an exhibit of baseball cards, bats, and balls, and plenty of enthusiasts to discuss these with you. In the hall by the cars is an exhibit of historic trucks such as a school bus that kids can climb inside (toddler heaven!), a fire truck (not for climbing), a milk truck (I loved this one- they had to stand up while driving this, imagine that!) and a U.S. Mail truck. High up on the ceiling hangs a hydro-plane designed by Stuart resident Hugh Willoughby in 1910. Temporary exhibits here can be really incredible! The Da Vinci exhibit, running until Sept 2013, displays his inventions, which kids can turn and spin- incredible fun especially for kids who are fascinated by gears and levers!The museum store has toys and books I'd never seen before, plus jewelry and wall decor about cars.Across a small street from the museum is Stuart Beach, a happening area with sand volleyball and basketball courts by the sea grape forest, gorgeous pathways through the sea grape trees, and an exposed beach with lovely turquoise water. Bring your swimsuit because you will most definitely want to jump in![continued...]
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Elliott Museum is located at 825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart FL 34996, call (772) 225-1961. From Highway 95, exit at Kanner Hwy and turn right at the exit. Follow Kanner Hwy for six miles and then turn right on NE Ocean Blvd. Head five miles over the two causeways and continue going straight until you see the large museum building and sign on your right. Turn right on the Stuart Beach entry road and then turn right into the free parking lot for the museum.Open daily 10-5. Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving (fourth Sun in Nov), and Dec 25. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children aged 6-12 (their website is not accurate in that it says 2-12).
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.