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The Coastal Discovery Museum inspires people to care for the Lowcountry. Founded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum shares the stories of our Lowcountry’s history, culture, environment and art through exhibitions, educational programming, walks, tours, talks, school field trips and more! We continue to be an outstanding resource and educational institution for our Lowcountry residents and our visitors, but we want to do more than just educate – We want to make a difference for our community by inspiring our visitors to act, to be better stewards of the environment, to cherish and preserve our historical resources, and to be active in the arts.

The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at the picturesque Honey Horn site located on the north end of Hilton Head Island. This 68 acre facility is home to some of the Island’s older structures and some of the most beautiful scenery. Stroll through the pathways around the property to discover the Camellia Garden (with over 135 varieties), visit the Karen Wertheimer Native Butterfly Habitat, stop along one of the three marsh-front boardwalks, visit Comet and Hawk (our resident marsh tacky and quarter horse). Inside the Discovery House you’ll find permanent exhibitions about the area’s history, culture, and environment. Temporary exhibits change several times during the year.

The Discovery Lab is a dedicated learning space located in the Supervisor’s House (c. 1890) with a 650-square foot addition. Inside, learners of all ages find out about the Lowcountry’s history, culture, and natural history throughout the year. Photography workshops, sweetgrass basket making classes, and painting classes are also planned for this space. Guided tours are offered to visitors throughout the year – on water and on land. Museum staff and volunteers share their expertise and passion about our local stories with visitors of all ages. Check out all the activities at the Coastal Discovery Museum at http://www.coastaldiscovery.org.


upcoming events:

Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon

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Beginning July 01 @ 12:00 am
The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in 2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition from April 23-July 3, 2022. In the early half of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon spent decades tracking birds and drawing them, hoping to create a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Nearly two hundred years later, the Italian painter and muralist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip to retrace and rediscover the America that Audubon traversed in the making of his opus The Birds of America (1827-39). Traveling along Audubon’s exploratory routes, Hitnes observed, sketched, and painted what he saw, creating an updated visual documentation of Audubon’s birds. Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. From April 19-29, Hitnes will also paint three permanent murals on the Honey Horn property. The public is encouraged to visit the museum and see Hitnes at work.
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Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon

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Beginning July 02 @ 12:00 am
The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in 2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition from April 23-July 3, 2022. In the early half of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon spent decades tracking birds and drawing them, hoping to create a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Nearly two hundred years later, the Italian painter and muralist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip to retrace and rediscover the America that Audubon traversed in the making of his opus The Birds of America (1827-39). Traveling along Audubon’s exploratory routes, Hitnes observed, sketched, and painted what he saw, creating an updated visual documentation of Audubon’s birds. Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. From April 19-29, Hitnes will also paint three permanent murals on the Honey Horn property. The public is encouraged to visit the museum and see Hitnes at work.
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Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon

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Beginning July 03 @ 12:00 am
The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in 2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition from April 23-July 3, 2022. In the early half of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon spent decades tracking birds and drawing them, hoping to create a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Nearly two hundred years later, the Italian painter and muralist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip to retrace and rediscover the America that Audubon traversed in the making of his opus The Birds of America (1827-39). Traveling along Audubon’s exploratory routes, Hitnes observed, sketched, and painted what he saw, creating an updated visual documentation of Audubon’s birds. Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. From April 19-29, Hitnes will also paint three permanent murals on the Honey Horn property. The public is encouraged to visit the museum and see Hitnes at work.
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Indigo Tie Dye at Coastal Discovery Museum

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42439 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2022-05-24 15:56:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-24 19:56:38 [post_content] => Come and learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie dye t-shirt to take home. Mondays at 1:30 pm $12 adult, $7 child and reservations may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223   [post_title] => Indigo Tie Dye at Coastal Discovery Museum [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => indigo-tie-dye-at-coastal-discovery-museum-2022-07-04 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-24 15:56:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-24 19:56:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 42432 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDate=2022-07-04#038;p=42432 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-04 13:30:00 )
Beginning July 04 @ 01:30 pm
Come and learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie dye t-shirt to take home. Mondays at 1:30 pm $12 adult, $7 child and reservations may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223  
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Blue Crab Discovery at Coastal Discovery Museum

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 41887 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2022-04-10 19:02:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-10 23:02:51 [post_content] => Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am for this fun, family program.  You will learn about the life cycle and importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab.  Participants in the program will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting! The program is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 4-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. [post_title] => Blue Crab Discovery at Coastal Discovery Museum [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => blue-crab-discovery-at-coastal-discovery-museum-2022-07-05 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-10 19:02:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-10 23:02:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 41860 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDate=2022-07-05#038;p=41860 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-05 09:30:00 )
Beginning July 05 @ 09:30 am
Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am for this fun, family program.  You will learn about the life cycle and importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab.  Participants in the program will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting! The program is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 4-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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Forts of Port Royal

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42385 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2022-05-24 09:59:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-24 13:59:18 [post_content] => Experience the sites where it all happened, from early explorers, through the Civil War and beyond.  Explore Fort Walker, and the Steam Cannon with a docent from the Coastal Discovery Museum. Please, no children under 7.  Held on Wednesdays at 10 am. Cost is $12 adult, $7 child (ages 7-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. [post_title] => Forts of Port Royal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => forts-of-port-royal-2-2022-07-06 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-24 09:59:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-24 13:59:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 42371 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDate=2022-07-06#038;p=42371 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-06 10:00:00 )
Beginning July 06 @ 10:00 am
Experience the sites where it all happened, from early explorers, through the Civil War and beyond.  Explore Fort Walker, and the Steam Cannon with a docent from the Coastal Discovery Museum. Please, no children under 7.  Held on Wednesdays at 10 am. Cost is $12 adult, $7 child (ages 7-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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Explore Honey Horn

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 41953 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2020-09-14 13:54:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-14 17:54:24 [post_content] => Explore Honey Horn will take place every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 am From September through May & 10 AM June - August.  A guided tour around the museum' picturesque and historic grounds.  You will visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants and trees on site.  Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn's past and its natural history. Register Here. Cost is $12 adult, $7 child and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. [post_title] => Explore Honey Horn [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => explore-honey-horn-2022-07-06 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-14 13:54:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-14 17:54:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 33766 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDate=2022-07-06#038;p=33766 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-06 11:00:00 )
Beginning July 06 @ 11:00 am
Explore Honey Horn will take place every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 am From September through May & 10 AM June - August.  A guided tour around the museum' picturesque and historic grounds.  You will visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants and trees on site.  Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn's past and its natural history. Register Here. Cost is $12 adult, $7 child and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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Blue Crab Discovery at Coastal Discovery Museum

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Beginning July 07 @ 09:30 am
Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am for this fun, family program.  You will learn about the life cycle and importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab.  Participants in the program will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting! The program is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 4-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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Explore Honey Horn

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Beginning July 07 @ 11:00 am
Explore Honey Horn will take place every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 am From September through May & 10 AM June - August.  A guided tour around the museum' picturesque and historic grounds.  You will visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants and trees on site.  Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn's past and its natural history. Register Here. Cost is $12 adult, $7 child and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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Civil War Era

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42346 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2022-05-24 09:14:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-24 13:14:26 [post_content] => Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War.  Why were they here and how did they spend their time?  Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum as we use maps and historic photos to reveal the story of Hilton Head from 1861 - 1865. Held every Thursday from 3-4 pm.  Not appropriate for children under 7.  Cost is $12 adult, $7 child (ages 7-12) Reservations may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. [post_title] => Civil War Era [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => civil-war-era-2-2022-07-07 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-24 09:14:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-24 13:14:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 42337 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDate=2022-07-07#038;p=42337 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-07 15:00:00 )
Beginning July 07 @ 03:00 pm
Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War.  Why were they here and how did they spend their time?  Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum as we use maps and historic photos to reveal the story of Hilton Head from 1861 - 1865. Held every Thursday from 3-4 pm.  Not appropriate for children under 7.  Cost is $12 adult, $7 child (ages 7-12) Reservations may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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