Welcome to Beaufort History Museum

Whether you were born into a family that’s been in Beaufort for generations or have just come here, chances are you are under Beaufort’s spell. For centuries, Beaufort’s natural beauty has attracted us to her, and once here, we feel we are home.  Learn more about our museum...

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MUSEUM location:
The Arsenal
713 Craven Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 379-3079



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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. Visit our Volunteers page to learn more about becoming a volunteer.


President Obama declared five new national monuments - three new monuments in the South, all of which have bipartisan support, exemplify Obama’s push to expand America’s shared national identity through the narrative it tells with its public lands. Two of them, in Birmingham and Anniston, AL, were sites of violent acts perpetrated against African American children and an interracial group of civil rights activists. The third, in Beaufort, SC, commemorates the period between the Civil War when freed slaves worked to establish schools and communities of their own, and the push for segregation in the 1890s.  

View the full Washington Post article here, and the emerging National Park Service Reconstruction Era National Monument SC website here.  In 2016, the Beaufort History Museum created a Special Exhibit on the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort.

Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.

The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

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