At first glance, the South Carolina Lowcountry is gorgeous, trendy, and full of friendly people. What you may not know, however, is that this special place boasts all kinds of rich history! Abide a while and you’ll see that there’s more to this region than sweet tea and shrimp ‘n grits. One way to learn about our storied past? Visit one of the best Hilton Head museums! Below, we’ve listed just a few of our favorites. For more local wisdom and recommendations, be sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide!
Discover Culture and History at These 3 Hilton Head Museums
Coastal Discovery Museum
Whether you’re young or young at heart, the non-profit Coastal Discovery Museum is an enjoyable way to learn all about the Lowcountry. The museum features three different immersive experiences: “Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction”, “Salt Marsh Discovery”, and the “Marsh Tacky Horse Tour”. Each of these adventures takes visitors out into the great outdoors to see abstract concepts come to life. A visit here combines indoor exhibits with unique, hands-on fun! You may even forget that you’re there to learn something new.
Hilton Head Gullah Museum
Though more a historical landmark than a full-fledged exhibit, the Hilton Head Gullah Museum (also known as “The Little House”) offers a unique way to uncover the mysterious history of South Carolina’s profound Gullah roots. Swing by and see the tiny but captivating Little House—complete with original tin roof and bright blue paint job. Or, if you happen to be in town at the right time, attend one of the museum’s engaging community events.
Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum
One of the best ways to learn about South Carolina’s long-standing nautical culture is to visit the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum! You may know this iconic structure as the centerpiece of Sea Pines events like the RBC Heritage, but have you ever been inside? It’s about time you climb up the stairs and get a history lesson! At the top, you’ll encounter a unique exhibit, gift shop, and stunning views of the harbor. Be sure to come at sunset for a real treat!
After learning about the Lowcountry’s one-of-a-kind history, you’ll want to stay somewhere that reflects such a special place and time. You’ll want to stay at Old Town Bluffton Inn, the region’s newest and most luxurious accommodation! Here, we take the area’s unique personality and storied past seriously. Each of our intricately designed guest rooms is named for an influential Bluffton figure, and we’re located in the heart of Bluffton’s Historic District. When you stay with us, you’ll even be within walking distance of the area’s best shops, restaurants, and historical sites (like the Heyward House, another fantastic Lowcountry museum). Plus, we offer an incredible selection of premium amenities like complimentary gourmet breakfast, a designer espresso bar, and much more. What more could you need in a getaway?