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Blue Crab Discovery Tour
Blue Crab Discovery

The blue crab’s life cycle begins with millions of microscopic eggs that eventually develop into active predators with powerful claws. Learn all about the intriguing life of the Atlantic Blue Crab and the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem and lowcountry history. Experience recreational harvesting, cooking, cleaning, and eating of the blue crab! (This is a hands-on learning experience and includes just a taste of blue crab meat).

FAMILY FRIENDLY
April-October: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30–11:30am.
November: Thursdays, except Thanksgiving, 9:30-11:30am.
$15 Adult / $10 Child (ages 4-12) / Children under 4 are free.

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Butterfly Discovery
Butterfly Discovery

Get up close and personal with some native butterflies! Learn about local butterflies and see all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly) during a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat. Discover just how easy it is to attract butterflies to your yard and how to increase butterfly numbers in the wild. This tour includes a 20-30min interactive indoor presentation prior to a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat.

May: Fridays from 3:00-4:00pm.
June, July, & August: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00pm AND Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.
September & October: Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor/outdoor experience.
$10 Adult / $5 Child (ages 4-12) / Children under 4 are free.

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Civil War Era
Civil War Era

The Civil War is one of the most important events in the history or our country. South Carolina played a key role in the development and ending of the war. Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865.

Thursdays from 3:00–4:00pm
$7 per person (ages 7+) / No children under the age of 7 please.

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Critters “Meet and Greet”

This is a casual “Meet and Greet” to learn about the alligators, snakes, and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Take this opportunity to walk-in and see these animals up close, gets hands-on and hold a critter or two, take pictures of or with your favorite critters, and learn more about these amazing animal and how to safely share the Lowcountry with these important critters.
No reservations are required.

FAMILY FRIENDLY. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
June, July, and August: Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am-1:00pm.
$10 Adults / $5 Child (ages 5-12) / Children under the age of 5 are free.
No reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or in person the day of the program.

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Discovery Lab – Open House

Drop in and explore the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Discovery Lab!! Visiting the lab is a fun educational experience for all ages. Get a closer look at some live lowcountry animals like fish, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, frogs, lizards, snakes, and a friendly alligator. Discover unique and fascinating stories about the lowcountry’s history and environment through hands-on, interactive displays and games.

Open House:
March, April, & May: Mondays from 2:00-4:00pm.
June, July, & August: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm.
September, October, & November: Mondays from 2:00-4:00pm.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS – Tuesday, 11/25 10 AM – 1 PM (During Holiday Market), Monday 12/23 2 – 4 PM, Monday 12/30 2 – 4 PM
No reservations required.
Suggested $2 per person donation.
FAMILY FRIENDLY. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone must have fun!!

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Discovery Lecture Series

Throughout the year, the Museum offers lectures and discussions about the Lowcountry’s history, culture, and environment. Topics vary and guest presenters come from around the region.

Select weekdays at 2 PM (typically Mondays and Wednesdays)  from  October–May the Discovery Lecture Series is offered.
$7 per person (for the majority of programs)

Click Here for a full list of Discovery Lectures – 2019- 20.

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Discovery Night at the Museum

These hands on, after hours classes vary seasonally. Come learn about local art, culture, and environment – from the experts – AND take home something that you helped create. Classes scheduled include: Indigo Tie Dye, Sweetgrass Basket Making, Herbarium, Build a Bog, A Day at the Beach, Horseshoe Crab Discovery, Paint Parties, Birding, and more!

Programs are held from 5 – 7 PM on Thursday evenings.
$15 per person + additional material fees will apply for some programs.
Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

2019 Programs – Please click here to see descriptions for specific programs.

 9/5 Indigo Expolration, 9/12 Reptiles and Amphibians UP Close, 9/19 Lowcountry Insects, 9/26 Sweetgrass Baskets

10/3 TBD, 10/10 Birds of the Season, 10/17 Indigo Exploration, 10/24 TBD, 10/31 No program

11/7 Sea Turtle Lantern Workshop, 11/14 Shibori and Indigo Workshop, 11/21 Sweetgrass Baskets, 11/28 No program.

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Explore Honey Horn

Begin your Honey Horn experience with this guided tour around the museum’s picturesque and historic grounds. Visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants and trees on site. Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn’s past and its natural history.

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm.
$10 Adults / $5 Children (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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Family Portraits at Honey Horn

Experienced professional photographer Scott Moody provides an opportunity for a unique family portrait experience at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The beautiful Honey Horn setting with its majestic live oaks, salt marsh boardwalks, and historic buildings is a great alternative to the beach for your family’s portrait. The fee includes the photography session and printable high resolution images.

Scott Moody has worked as a professional photographer for over 30 years in the Lowcountry. He provides professional portraits captured digitally. The customer then has the ability to print products and images on your own.

Time vary with the sunset. Portraits are offered Sunday through Friday. All reservations must be made over the phone.

Marsh Tacky Horse Tour

Descended from horses brought to the Lowcountry in the 1500s, there are now around 300 Marsh Tackies left in existence.   Learn about the history of these adaptable horses and take a trip to our historic barn. There you will meet the museum’s two resident horses Comet and Hawk and learn about their care and conservation.

September-May: Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm.
$10 adult / $5 child (ages 4-12) / No children under the age of 4 please.
Limited to 15 participants.

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Plant Seekers

Step off the beaten path with our curator on this exclusive tour and learn to identify some of the remarkable plants on our property – from the largest trees to the tiniest flowers.  Some are edible, others are used medicinally; some attract insects, others are natural repellents.  Discover how plants provide for us and other animals and learn how they communicate with each other.

March – May & September – November: Mondays at 3:00-4:30pm.
$15 Adults / $10 Children (ages 6-12) / No children under the age of 6 please.
Limited to 6 participants.

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Preschooler Program – Marsh Critters

The salt marsh is an important and unique habitat that is full of life! Get up close and hands-on with several marsh critters as your guide shares a fun short story about the many critters you might encounter while spending a day in the salt marsh.

Preschool programs are designed for ages 4-6 and require at least one registered adult. Other family and friends are welcome to register too. Only registered participants will be admitted into the program area.

June, July, August: Thursdays from 10:00-10:30 AND Thursdays from 11:00-11:30.
$10 per child & adult, $5 for additional humans ages 3 and up, Children under 3 are free.

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This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY outdoor experience.

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Preschooler Program – Wonderful Wings

Discover the fascinating lives butterflies from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to adult! Explore the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat with your guide and get an up close look at all four stages of the butterfly life cycle. Create a simple seed craft to take home and start your own butterfly garden.

Preschool programs are designed for ages 4-6 and require at least one registered adult. Other family and friends are welcome to register too. Only registered participants will be admitted into the program area.

June, July, August: Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30 AND Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30.
$10 per child & adult, $5 for additional humans ages 3 and up, Children under 3 are free.

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This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY outdoor experience.

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Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lowcountry

Alligators, snakes, and turtles oh my! Take a closer look at the fascinating and unique characteristics of local reptiles and amphibians. Interact with a few live critters and discover the importance of these often misunderstood animals. Learn how to protect these amazing creatures and safely enjoy sharing the lowcountry with them.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain!
PLEASE NOTE: This program only accommodates 24 participants. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

March, April, May: Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm
June, July, & August: Tuesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
September, October, and November: Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS: Thursday 12/26 1-2 PM, Monday 12/30 – 10-11AM, & Thursday 1/2 1-2 PM
$10 Adult / $5 Child (ages 4-12) / Children under 4 are free

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Salt Marsh Discovery

The Salt Marsh is a unique environment with a fascinating tale that is often overlooked. Most coastal creatures depend fully or partially on the Salt Marsh. The role the Salt Marsh plays as a filter for water and a nursery for many of the creatures that inhabit the coast is vital for the functioning of the coastal ecosystem. Learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. Considered one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, the Salt Marsh is a place worth visiting and exploring while on Hilton Head Island.

September-May: Fridays from 10:00-11:30am.
$10 adults / $7 child (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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Sea Turtle Life

Sea turtles live an extraordinary life. Explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood. Discover just how easy it is to help protect these fascinating sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles but this is a hands-on, eye-opening, experience filled with unique educational materials to see, touch, and interact with.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain!
June, July, & August: Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM: Fridays 12/27 & 1/3 10 – 11 AM
$10 Adult / $5 Child (ages 4-12) / Children under 4 are free

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Segway Tour

Want to learn about nature and have fun at the same time? Take a narrated Segway tour! Travel through the property, traversing wooden boardwalks over the salt marsh, winding through the Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss. Catch a glimpse of historic Marsh Tacky horses. All while standing tall on your off-road, pollution free, Segway. Great for seniors, families, and friends. Ages 8 and older. Tours range from 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ hours, including training. Extended tours (14 and older only) leave the plantation to nearby Jarvis Park. $69 to $89 per person depending upon the length of the tour.

All booking for these tours is arranged through Segway of Hilton Head. Book online by clicking here or call 800-800-0424. If you don’t find the tour online, please call for availability.

Sweetgrass Basket Class
Sweetgrass Basket Classes

Learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials.

Select Saturdays at 10:30am.
Upcoming classes:   11/16, 11/30, 12/7 (Wreath), 12/21 (Wreath), 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, and 2/22

$65 per person.
Please note: A minimum of 5 participants is required for this class to occur.
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

A Tisket at Tasket – Bring a Bottle and Make a Basket” – Evening Basket Classes – Thursday 8/29/19 – 5 – 7 PM.   Join Daurus Niles for this special evening edition of the Basket Making class. Bring friend, and enjoy a glass of wine while working to make your own Sweetgrass Basket.

$65 per person.
Please note: A minimum of 5 participants is required for this class to occur.

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Please call the Museum if you have a group interested in a Sweetgrass Basket Class on a day that is not on the schedule. Special arrangements may be possible.

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The Island’s Story

Hilton Head Island has a fascinating history, from the earliest Native Americans inhabitants that harvested oysters and hunted Black Bear to the modern day residents and visitors who flock here to play tennis and golf. The island has gone through numerous changes and uses by diverse groups of people, from logging to farming, to hunting and finally today mostly as a tourist retreat and home to over 35,000 full time residents. Learn from a museum docent about these changes, and the tale of its participants from Native Americans, to Gullah islanders to modern day residents.

September-May: Tuesdays at 3:00-4:00pm.
$7 per person (ages 7+) / No children under the age of 7 please.

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Under the Sea

What lives under the sea? There is an amazing world of marine life under that sparkling blue ocean. Take a closer look at some of the smaller marine creatures. Find out what lived in those shells you find on the beach, feed a horseshoe crab and watch it chew with its legs, help a hermit crab find a new home, and much more!

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain!
June, July, and August: Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM – Thursday, January 2, 2020
$10 Adult / $5 Child (ages 4-12) / Children under 4 are free.

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