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

Contrasts and Colour

A Collection of Works from Les Bonnes Artistes
December 9th – February 21st (Opening Reception – January 15th, 2020)

Delicate watercolors, dynamic collages, luscious oil paintings and innovative printmaking are among the mediums you will see at this year’s exhibit from Les Bonnes Artistes. According to Joyce Nagel, “The title, Contrasts & Colour, brings to you their interpretations and inspirations of these exciting visual candies of their art visions.”

Les Bonnes Artistes is an informal artist group founded by Doris Shay in 2007. The artists meet monthly to share ideas on various aspects of seeing, doing, and exhibiting art. The group has shown its work at various Hilton Head Island venues over for over a decade.

This year’s group includes Joanna Chalson, Annie Coughlin, Jo Dye, Joyce Nagel, Nancy Ridgway, Doris Shay, Barbara Spencer, Dorothy Steelman, Donna Varner, Irene Williamson, and Emily Wilson. Though the membership of the group may have changed over the years, the goal has remained the same: to encourage the production of fine art in each artist’s medium.

All are welcome to attend the artists’ reception in the gallery on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Come see the art and meet the artists at this fine exhibit.