During the year, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibits in the Discovery House’s Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The exhibits vary in theme and subject matter related to Lowcountry history, natural history and art. Visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum’s exhibitions will introduce you to the many facets of Hilton Head Island.

Depending upon the exhibition, there are often demonstrations, talks and workshops offered during the year. Some artists will paint in the gallery or ‘plein air’ on site during their show while others will present workshops about how to take nature photographs. For our younger visitors, several of the exhibitions feature ‘scavenger hunts’ or other activities.

Many exhibitions have ‘artist coffees,’ demonstrations or classes offered during their installation. Here you can meet the many of the exhibiting artists at gallery walks and coffees. It is a great opportunity to get to know the artists, their methods and vision for their works.

Please contact the Museum or check the event calendar for more information.


March 2 – April 29

Hilton Head Island, SC – The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its latest temporary exhibition “The Locals: Twelve Artists From One Special Place.”  Featuring 12 artists in a variety of mediums, this is a one of a kind show!  The exhibition is open from March 2nd through April 29th with an Artists’ Reception planned for 5-7 PM on Thursday, March 8th.

Exhibiting together for the first time, this group of artists may work in various styles, mediums, and scale – but they all have one thing in common, a long-standing affection and connection to our local community. Several of the exhibiting artists have lived locally for close to 40 years, with the most recent arrival coming in the early 2000s. Each of these artists is inspired by the natural beauty, culture, and history of this special place that we call home.

“A whimsical twist with a dreamlike quality,” “bold and expressive,” “a colorful and eclectic community,” and “a sense of place,” are just a few ways that these artists works have been described. Join us between March 2nd and April 29th to get a firsthand view of what these talented, accomplished, and “Local” artists have to share.

Meet the artists on Thursday afternoons during the exhibition – 12-2 PM.

3/15 – Amos Hummel and L.Robert Stanfield

3/22 – Amos Hummel and Mark Taylor

3/29 – Kelly Logan Graham

4/5 – Murray Sease and Mark Taylor

4/12 – Kelly Logan Graham

4/19 – Amos Hummel And Amiri Farris

4/26 – L. Robert Stanfield


A Sense of Place – Presented by the Camera Club of Hilton Head

May 2 – June 29, 2018

The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island are pleased to announce the exhibition “A Sense of Place” hosted at the Museum during May and June.  Since moving to Honey Horn in 2007, the Museum has had an ongoing relationship with the Camera Club with many of its annual member exhibits presented on site. In addition, CCHHI members have assisted the museum with other history and natural history exhibits over the years. This year, the CDM and CCHHI have created an exhibit that focuses directly on the people, places, and things that make our Lowcountry region unique and beloved by residents and visitors alike.

“A Sense of Place” includes over 80 images from 31 different photographers. The entries were juried into the show and images were selected that connected to the mission of the Coastal Discovery Museum, “to inspire people to care for the Lowcountry.” CCHHI members submitted a beautiful collection of images that depict a variety of subject matters including historic buildings and cemeteries, the area’s natural history, Gullah culture, the seafood industry, and our various stunning landscapes.

A series of gallery talks will be delivered throughout the exhibit at the museum during the exhibition. They will be focused on one of the themes in the exhibit. Look for more information about these presentations at

An opening reception for this exhibition will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, May 9th.