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...

Plan Your Visit

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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


Experience Beaufort History:
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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.

Living History Encampment

Union Troops to Occupy the Arsenal on March 9th 

Beaufort History Museum will present its fourth annual Living History Encampment on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9 AM – 5 PM in the Arsenal courtyard. Re-enactors coming to Beaufort from several states will portray Union troops from the Department of the South who were garrisoned in the Lowcountry and occupied the Beaufort Arsenal during the Civil War. T

Re-enactors will set up camp in the walled Arsenal courtyard and provide a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages, who will be able to interact with the soldiers to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War years. A Civil War era cannon also will be on display in the Arsenal courtyard the day of the event.


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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