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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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.



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.

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The Beaufort History Museum’s Third Annual Spring Tea, Crowning Glory, was held May 10 at the Dataw Island Club. The event unfolded as a great success, helping us with our fundraising goals and offering a glimpse into the role of women’s hats in Southern culture.

Guests “Strutted their Hattitude” as they savored delicious traditional delicacies, sipped tea, learned about the fascinating allure of fashionable hats from engaging speakers, enjoyed a Parade of Hats and bid at a silent auction featuring trips, dinners, artwork and other attractive items. The speakers were Etu Evans, a New York based celebrity shoe designer and milliner, Archie Burkel known as The Top Hat of The Hat Ladies of Charleston and Tiffany Collins, manager of the famous Goorin Brothers hat store in Savannah.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors The Clark Troutman Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Live Oak Builders and the Carolina Cup Racing Association. We also extend our gratitude to all those who attended and especially to those who donated items and bid at the Silent Auction, and to Susan DeLoach Photography for beautifully commemorating our Crowning Glory Tea in photos. We greatly appreciate their support of the Museum.

We invite you to mark your calendars now and plan to attend next year’s Tea on May 8, 2018!

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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