Founded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum made a giant leap forward in the Fall 2007 when it opened the facility at Honey Horn. A Town of Hilton Head Island property, Honey Horn is home to several of Hilton Head Island’s oldest buildings. Since our grand opening, the Museum has expanded its offerings of programs, doubled the number of students that participate in Museum programs, and hosted dozens of special events and festivals.

Possibly the most popular ‘exhibit’ at the Museum are the Marsh Tacky horses who live here. These horses are descended from Spanish horses that were brought here in the 16th century. Used by Gullah islanders for plowing, transportation and for hunting, these sturdy horses are making a comeback thanks to the conservation efforts of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. Comet spends most days in the fenced pasture on site while staying the nights in the historic Horse Barn, built in the 1930s. Be sure to stop by and say hello when you visit.

The Coastal Discovery Museum hosts 6-8 temporary exhibitions each year. These often offer an insight into local history and culture as well as the environment around us. We also work closely with several local arts groups to present art exhibits during the year.

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Have you ever wondered what leaves those holes in the sand at the beach? Do you know why the island is named “Hilton Head”? Have you ever seen a fiddler crab ‘wave’ at you and wanted to know why?

To answer these questions and more, the Coastal Discovery Museum offers a variety of guided walks, talks, cruises and excursions throughout the year. Activities for all ages are available at the museum’s historic Honey Horn location and off site in nearby waterways, beaches or historic sites. The Coastal Discovery Museum will inspire you to care for the Lowcountry!

  • Explore our coastal waterways on a variety of different cruises that will suit your interests –  birding, under the water, dolphins or a leisurely kayak through the marsh.
  • Learn about this area’s rich cultural heritage through a docent-led talk at the Museum. Find out what historic sites are available for guided or unguided exploration.
  • Many of our programs and activities are offered year-round, however, please check to see if we have special tours or lectures during your planned visit. Some activities are only offered during a particular season.
  • The Coastal Discovery Museum offers a glimpse into Hilton Head Island’s history, culture and environment through a museum-led program, tour or cruise.





Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Property closes a half hour after the Museum