Visiting the Discovery House’s permanent exhibits is the best way to get an introduction to Hilton Head Island’s history and environment. In addition, you’ll find an interactive ‘touch screen’ exhibit that makes connections between many of our natural history and cultural heritage stories. Hear interviews with influential islanders and historic figures, see a video of a nesting loggerhead sea turtle, or find out more about Native American pottery in this educational exhibit.

Can you imagine what Hilton Head Island was like before the bridge was built in 1956? While this area is known best for its modern resort history, these exhibits address the history of this barrier island long before it was known for golf courses and beaches.

Want to find out what some of those shells are that you found at the beach? Our exhibits can help you identify some of the common ones that are collected on our 12 miles of beachfront.

Why are there so many alligators on the Island? These amazing reptiles call our Lowcountry area home and it’s not unusual to find them basking on the banks of a lagoon on a sunny and warm day. Find out about their habitat and how you can safely watch them.

Now on View

Response to Nature: The Watercolors of P. A. Kessler

May 6th – June 28th (Meet the Artist – 5 – 7 PM on May 23rd)

Response to Nature: The Watercolors of P. A. Kessler,  features a local artist with an international reputation.  Even surrounded by the fascinating natural beauty of the Lowcountry, we all too often walk past it without taking the time to slow down and appreciate its magnificence up close.  Pam’s work gives us pause to stop and reflect on the beauty of nature that can be discovered in a flower, a nest, or a feather dropped along a path.

It is artists like P. A. Kessler who help the Coastal Discovery Museum inspire our visitors to care for the Lowcountry.  In the tradition of botanical illustrations, both original works of art and high quality reproductions will be available for purchase.  Please join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum and add your response to this exhibition from May 6 through June 28th, 2019.  There will also be an opportunity to meet the artist at our reception on May 23, between 5 – 7 PM