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Museums in Hilton Head That You Shouldn't Miss

ERA Evergreen



Aug 26 5 minutes read

Hilton Head Island has always been popular among tourists mainly for its lavish Atlantic Ocean beaches and its top-notched golf courses. Interlaced with an extensive network of trails and different species of trees that serve as a refuge to its wildlife, Hilton Head is a perfect spot for vacationers longing for an adventure close to nature. Apart from its beautiful exterior, this island also has a rich history and is home to many historical sites well-preserved by its locals. 

While lounging in beaches and luxurious hotels might be the usual route for its visitors, nothing compares to the culture trip that one can experience in this secretive island. Are you ready for a fun ride?  Here are the top museums on our list for your dose of art and history.

Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Drive, North End, Hilton Head, SC 29926

Go to one of the most memorable destinations on Hilton Head Island, and explore natural history and its cultural heritage. Coastal Discovery Museum is on a 68-acre Honey Horn property, full of trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosures, and horses!

Start your journey at their Discovery House Museum to pick up some information on their various exhibits, walks, talks, and tours. Walk across a historic landscape alongside Marsh Tacky horses grazing in the wide-open fields. Truly a wonderful experience for kids and adults, alike.

Stoney-Baynard Ruins

Sea Pines Plantation, SC 29928

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, the Stoney-Baynard Plantation is a great place to bike to in Sea Pines. Go through multiple entrances as you explore the ruins, with each historic area clearly labeled. Feel the history as you walk on the trails of this historical site, a quick stop with so much information about Hilton Head Island history.

Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum

149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29928

The Harbour Town Lighthouse, serving as a beacon to our Yacht Basin ships, has been a landmark and a significant symbol for Hilton Head Island for almost five decades to-date. 

Visitors are invited to explore the rich history of the island as they climb the steps of this iconic structure, a museum-like setting that one should not miss. Learn fun facts about Hilton Head Island, listen to authentic Lowcountry music, view artifacts from the island's historical eras, and find a collection of memorabilia from the PGA TOUR's famed RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Reward yourself with a panoramic view of Lowcountry as you reach the top, and enjoy a unique shopping experience at the Top of the Lighthouse Shoppe found within the lighthouse.

The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum

18 Pope Ave Ste A, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Take your little one to Hilton Head Island's premier destination for early childhood hands-on play and learning, The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum!

Let them explore their innate creativity through age-appropriate activities and exhibits, and enable them to discover the world around them freely at their own pace through the programs and organized interactions beyond the walls of the museum. This is best for toddlers and elementary school-aged children.

Endangered Arts

841 William Hilton Pkwy Ste B, South Island Square, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Clay and Julie Rogers, owners of Endangered Arts, founded the facility intending to provide clients and visitors a diverse selection of beautifully-made art pieces from leading artists. 

With a promise of all original, limited edition pieces, you can be sure that your visit to this art gallery will be one of a kind, and worth the trip down at Lowcountry.

Nash Gallery

13 Harbourside Ln Ste 2H, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Serving locals and tourists since 1989, Nash Gallery promises a consistent display of the finest American jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, furniture pieces, metal, and a whole lot more. 

With over 150 handcrafted works from our North American craftsmen, visitors will be treated to different distinctive styles, ensuring an unforgettable experience at the Nash Gallery. Make sure to drop by!

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