A visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum is a fun-filled learning experience. At the Museum the whole family can discover and explore the wonders of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Take a leisurely stroll around the Museum’s majestic 68 acre property with a history dating back some 300 years.

A mile long sea shell nature trail begins at the Discovery House and will take you past some of the oldest structures on Hilton Head Island. The trail, interspersed with fact filled interpretive panels, will lead you to three educational boardwalks that extend into Jarvis Creek where you can discover and learn about the salt marsh and how Native Islanders/Gullah used this eco-system for food and commerce. The nature trail will also lead you by the new Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame where you can learn about community leaders that have made significant contributions to the development of Hilton Head Island.

Enjoy several educational tours and find out how Hilton Head Island got its name. Find out why those crabs in the marsh mud are waving at you and see a sweetgrass basket being made. Don’t forget to drop by the region’s only native butterfly enclosure and experience the life cycle of Hilton Head Island’s butterfly population. And, take a walk through the Camellia Garden with its 120 different varieties of bloom and color and then visit the Museum’s replica Native American Shell Ring. But that’s only part of it. There is so much more to explore at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

While you’re here, be sure to use our mobile app to learn more about the property’s history and the surrounding environment.


Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Property closes a half hour after the Museum
843 689 6767
Call for holiday hours


Admission is free, we rely on donations to sustain our property, gardens, exhibits, and programs;  Education Programs and Tours have a fee, please check the Event Calendar for daily programs and ticket prices for guided tours and activities.


The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC. Please see the directions page for a map to the property entrance.