Visiting the Discovery House’s permanent exhibits is the best way to get an introduction to Hilton Head Island’s history and environment. In addition, you’ll find an interactive ‘touch screen’ exhibit that makes connections between many of our natural history and cultural heritage stories. Hear interviews with influential islanders and historic figures, see a video of a nesting loggerhead sea turtle, or find out more about Native American pottery in this educational exhibit.

Can you imagine what Hilton Head Island was like before the bridge was built in 1956? While this area is known best for its modern resort history, these exhibits address the history of this barrier island long before it was known for golf courses and beaches.

Want to find out what some of those shells are that you found at the beach? Our exhibits can help you identify some of the common ones that are collected on our 12 miles of beachfront.

Why are there so many alligators on the Island? These amazing reptiles call our Lowcountry area home and it’s not unusual to find them basking on the banks of a lagoon on a sunny and warm day. Find out about their habitat and how you can safely watch them.

Now on View


Escape Artists – Presented by The Art Beyond Tradition Group

September 2 – October 29 (Reception October 5th  – 5 – 7 PM)



The 12 artists of the ART BEYOND TRADITION group, which has been exhibiting on Hilton Head Island since 2006 will present their biennial exhibit of abstract art — art that grows out of the best art traditions of both western and eastern art, but which aims at pushing boundaries of the expected in unique ways.

This year the exhibit, entitled “Escape Artists,” will open September 2nd in the beautiful gallery at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, which has recently recovered from the hurricane.  Exhibiting in a range of media — painting, collage, encaustic, sculpture, mixed media, and ink, the 12 recognized regional artists in the group are Earline Allen, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Mary Lester, Sharon Collings Licata, Lynne Riding, Mary Sullivan, Donna Varner, and Arla Crumlick Wible.

A Reception with refreshments will be held Thursday, October 5th, from 5 – 7 pm.  The exhibit will last until October 29, 2017. Artists will also be on hand every Thursday (9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26) between noon and 2 pm to chat about the work and help viewers with questions about any of the artists.  Gallery hours every day are Monday through Saturday 9 – 4:30 and Sunday 11 – 3.