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Beaufort History Museum

Beaufort, SC

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Where are we going?

Address: 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 How do we get there? Number: (843)-525-8500
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About this activity

Beaufort has an incredibly interesting history, and it's at the Beaufort History Museum that you can learn all about the cultures, traditions, people and events that have shaped this popular South Carolina city into what it is today. 

As soon as you arrive you will already be exposed to the history, as the Beaufort History Museum is located within The Arsenal, which dates back to 1798. 

Then your history lesson begins as one of the museum's knowledgeable Docents can tell you all about the 450 years of history after Beaufort's settling.

You can learn all about how the nearby Parris Island was the site of the Santa Elena founded by the Spanish - the first major settlement and colonial capital in what is now the United States.

Kids can learn all about the Revolutionary War battle of Grays Hill, and how a Beaufort plantation owner was one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence!

Did you know that the seeds of the Civil War were planted in Beaufort? Did you know that it was in Beaufort that 10,000 slaves were liberated during the wars early months?

It's these kind of stories that will fill your time at the Beaufort History Museum.  The museuem is home to permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits, so there will always be something you can go back and see!

The permanent exhibits at the Beaufort History Museum highlight the arrival of the Native Americans, as well as the first settlers plus the European explorations of the early and mid-16th century. The exhibits tell the stories of rice production, Cotton Plantation Culture, as well as the antebellum decades and beyond.

The Beaufort History Museum is also great for kids as they can enjoy children's programs and educational opportunities on top of learning all about Beaumont's history!

A great local museum in one of South Carolina's most beautiful and fascinating cities. 

Activity location


From Charleston:
Take U.S. 17 south, continue about 50 miles,
At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto Trask Parkway, continue 13 miles,
Continue through sharp right curve onto Carteret Street,
Continue .4 miles, then take right on Craven Street,
The Arsenal is the second building on the right. On-street parking available in vicinity.

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How much does it cost?






Free under 18 years. $5 for college students with ID



Discounts with a museum pass. Free for active military & family,


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Beaufort History Museum FAQ’s

There are plenty of places in the nearby area to grab something!

Check online at their events page so you don't miss out on anything!

School Group visits must be pre-arranged and may or may not require a Museum Booklet depending on the student ages.

Give them a call to check about the accessibility

Call ahead to ensure they are open as they run on volunteers

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