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 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.

Click here to learn more about exhibiting at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups, associations, not-for-profit organizations, galleries, or museums.

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate

December 14th – January 14th

Developed by the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Humanities, this  traveling exhibit celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina – including several Lowcountry specialties!

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate tells the story of selected foodways and how they are celebrated and shared. The State Museum and South Carolina Humanities collaborated with 22 organizations across SC to develop the content for the exhibit, highlighting 20 different iconic foodways such as BBQ, Chicken Bog, peaches and more.

The exhibit debuted at the South Carolina State Fair in the Fall of 2019 and is now traveling the state, allowing everyone the opportunity to serve up this exhibition banquet of South Carolina community cuisine.

National Association of Women Artists, South Carolina Chapter Presents:

“The scent of salty air that rolls off an open shore, a trail that leads to a mountain summit or a tranquil breeze on a quiet lake are all a part of our coastal state.”                         J. Biondolillo

The National Association of Women Artists SC present their unique perspective of South Carolina from January 20 – February 28, 2021 at The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. This distinguished group of artists unveil our coastal state through their use of composition, texture and hue. Whether captured through the lens, created on canvas or sculpted, these works embrace the diversity and beauty of the vistas and seas in which we live. Artwork will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Additionally, selected artists will be at the Museum Thursdays between Noon – 2:00PM to discuss their work once the Exhibition opens. Join us for our VIRTUAL opening reception on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. (A link to the virtual program will be posted on our social media and shared with members ahead of the event.)