Beaufort History Museum, Beaufort

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The Beaufort History Museum was originally chartered in 1939. It has progressed to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District, which is geographically bounded by the Combahee River on the north to Hilton Head on the south, reaching approximately 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

We manage and display the City of Beaufort’s collection of artifacts, documents and photos, which tell in a compelling manner the fascinating stories of the area. Highlights are the arrival of Native Americans, the first settlers; the European explorations of the early and mid-16th Century; the Revolutionary War; the rice, indigo and cotton Plantation Culture; the antebellum decades, secession and the Civil War; reconstruction and growth to present times. Through community engagement, children’s programs, educational opportunities and social events the museum provides many services to visitors and local residents.

The Museum comprises two distinct spaces: a larger primary area containing artifacts, photos and documents which tell the story of the Beaufort District, and an Exhibit Hall in which distinctive displays are created to focus on specific subjects of interest.

We offer an ongoing program to train Volunteer Docents to lead tours and serve as community liaisons. The training curriculum covers all aspects of history relating to Beaufort.

The Beaufort History Museum is an active member of our statewide (SCFM), regional (SEMC) and national (AAM) museum associations.
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  • This is a small museum, attached to the Visitor's Center. It has a number of exhibits about the history of Beaufort, but does not go into a lot of detail. The docent, who was there on the day of...  more »
  • Should be your first stop in visiting Beaufort. There is a plenty of information of the history of Beaufort and the significance on the town in the early days of Charleston and the founding of our...  more »
  • Walk in the footsteps of the owners of the dwellings & also the slave help who sustained life there. Handheld recorders with headsets explain every area bringing visual sites to life. (Not animated) The house & grounds are well-maintained.
  • This was an interesting place. I liked looking at the cannons and things outside, but there's a fee for the actual museum. There is a small gift shop you can visit though, which was helpful in figuring out where I wanted to go instead lol but for a family of four, I couldn't really afford going there. It is a pretty neat building though!!
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