The Coastal Discovery Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, should be your first stop for all things Hilton Head. This is place to go to gain a better understanding of the Lowcountry’s cultural heritage and history, its ecology, and its residents, both past and present.
The museum sits on historic Honey Horn Plantation, a 68-acre property on the banks of Jarvis Creek and considered one of the Island’s most historically significant spots dating back 300 years. It contains the only original plantation house still standing on the Island today, a collection of some of the oldest buildings that exist on Island, and the state’s largest Southern Red Cedar tree dated at 1595.
The 6,000-square-foot Discovery House contains permanent and temporary exhibits, and the fun Kids Zone.
Take a walk on the designated Horn Trail that features marshside boardwalks and colorful interpretive panels detailing the flora and fauna of the region. You’ll also see many of the property’s early buildings as well as the cemetery.
There is no charge to just stop in to view their displays and walk the grounds. You can also sign up for numerous year-around history and ecology tours, and programs that are fun and educational for the whole family.
The museum is open year around on Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive at the north entrance of the Cross Island Parkway.
For more information about museum programs and events, call (843) 689-6767.