ABOUT THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM EXPERIENCE
The Coastal Discovery Museum inspires people to care for the Lowcountry. With the Coastal Discovery Museum you may explore our beautiful yet fragile environment; learn about the region’s history, culture and art; and discover what makes the 68-acre Historic Honey Horn property so special. Most importantly, leave with the knowledge that you can make a difference by actively caring for our environment and heritage.
Start your museum visit at the Discovery House to pick up a map of the property and information on our exhibits, walks, talks, tours, and more. Everyone is welcome. There is no admission charge, but voluntary donations are accepted. Our trail system which begins behind the museum, takes you through multiple environments and past many historic structures. As you walk across this historic landscape, enjoy the magnificent live oaks and ancient cedars, take in the view from the boardwalk, see the Marsh Tacky horses grazing in the wide-open fields, and envision what the island was like before it was developed.
In addition to programs, tours, and experiences on the Honey Horn site, be sure to check all the off-site activities that will introduce you to different ecosystems, historic sites, and cultural experiences.
HISTORY OF THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Founded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum operated at two previous locations before making made a giant leap forward in the Fall 2007 when it opened the facility at Honey Horn. A Town of Hilton Head Island property, Honey Horn is home to several of Hilton Head Island’s oldest buildings. Since opening at Honey Horn, the Museum has expanded its offerings of programs, doubled the number of students that participate in Museum programs, and hosted dozens of special events and festivals annually. In 2015 the Coastal Discovery Museum joined 200 other institutions around the country in being recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Read more here. Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops collaborative partnerships with museums and education and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. Between 2015 and 2017 museum staff and board members conducted strategic planning that will direct the Coastal Discovery Museum’s operations, activities, and goals for the near and the long term future.
Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Property closes a half hour after the Museum
843 689 6767
Call for holiday hours
Admission to the Museum, Trails, Gardens and Docks is free of charge! As a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization donations are greatly appreciated. There may be a charge for daily educational and guided programs; please check the Event Calendar for ticket prices for guided tours and activities.
The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC. Please see the directions page for a map to the property entrance.
COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM MISSION
The Coastal Discovery Museum inspires people to care for the Lowcountry.
Together, CDM and its visitors:
• Discover connections between air, land, water, and living things, for greater environmental awareness
• Explore history, culture, and art to better understand ourselves and increase empathy toward others
• Take action to create a more sustainable and inclusive future