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

Art Beyond Tradition – “Above and Beyond”

 Extended to June 29th!

Even though the Coastal Discovery Museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can virtually visit the exhibition by viewing this video shot during the Opening Reception. (credit, Jean-Marie Cote, Thefrenchguy photography)
If you see a piece of art you must have, email Natalie Hefter at nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org and she will find a way to get it to you!