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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Beaufort History Museum

    Beaufort History Museum to Host Open House

    New Exhibits Featured

             

                            Beaufort, SC – October 5, 2018 - Beaufort History Museum will open its doors and welcome the public free of charge to an open house on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 4 PM.  The newly renovated Exhibit Hall, which is located in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street, will be on display and Docents will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions.  Guests will also learn about the Museum’s volunteer opportunities and have an opportunity to obtain a Museum membership.

                In addition, as part of the Museum’s partnership with the National Park Service, the Reconstruction Era National Monument Visitor’s Center, which is just across the street from the Arsenal, will also be open to welcome visitors that day.  BHM’s informative exhibit Reconstruction Beaufort: Islands of hope in a Sea of Distress, is currently loaned and on display at NPS’ Visitors Center.

                “We are very pleased to welcome local residents and visitors to tour the new exhibits. Telling the stories of our 500 - year history and the dramatic impact it has had on the development of this country is our most important mission,” said BHM Board President Carol Lauvray.

                “Through our partnership with the National Park Service people will also have a chance to learn more about Reconstruction and experience our heritage on many different levels.  We are excited to share our history in ways that everyone can enjoy.”

               

                HW Exhibits, a Charleston-based design firm, working with members of the Museum’s Exhibit Committee, created the recently completed exhibits based on the Museum’s impressive collection of artifacts and images. BHM’s materials display the history of the Beaufort District in storyboards organized into separate subject areas such as First People, European Exploration, Rice and Cotton, the Civil War, 20th Century Tourism and more.

                The principal Exhibit Hall will include three sections:

    • Ecology – examining how Beaufort District’s history is tied to the region’s geography, climate, landscape and ecology
    • Discovery and early settlement – exploring American Indian life ways through early exploration European settlement, the plantations era and the Civil War.
    • Modernization and growth – focusing on 20th century industries such as oystering phosphates, the military, truck farming and tourism.

          The recently redesigned exhibits comprise the first phase of a comprehensive two phase renovation of the Exhibit Hall.  Plans are underway for the second phase of the renovation, which will feature additional displays and integrated technological elements. The final phase of the renovation will be underway during 2019.

                Beaufort History Museum is located in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street. Normal BHM hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Please visit beauforthistorymuseum.com or the BHM Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.   

Past events

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Michael
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 History Lecture Series: Learn About the Yemasee Indians and Altamaha Town with Dr. Eric Poplin
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Abraham Lincoln scholar book signing!
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 Closed for July 4th
Saturday, June 30, 2018 2018 Liberty Days - Super Museum Saturday!
Monday, May 21, 2018 Museum Reopens to Public After Complete Renovation!
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4th Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: The Language of Libations, Celebrating Sweet Tea, Demon Rum, John Barleycorn, And Carolina Moonshine!
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Museum Closed During Exhibit Gallery Renovation
Friday, April 06, 2018 14th Annual Spring Art Walk
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 History Lecture Series: Dr. Richard Porcher on Dr. Henry Woodward
Saturday, March 24, 2018 3rd Annual Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 16, 2018 Special Lecture: Reconstruction in Beaufort, SC and the Nation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 2017 Docent Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 History Lecture Series: Jim Crow Laws in South Carolina and Their Effect on the Beaufort Area
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Winter 2017 Docent Training Classes
Friday, January 12, 2018 Free Admission Day! National Park Service Reconstruction Era Event Planned in Arsenal Courtyard
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 Closed Due To Weather
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound, 1861
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 “Politics, Pilings and Playgrounds--Henry C Chambers Riverfront Park”, a panel discussion moderated by Edie Rodgers
Friday, September 08, 2017 Closed for Hurricane Irma
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Fall 2017 Docent Training
Monday, August 21, 2017 Closing at 1pm for Eclipse
Friday, June 30, 2017 Liberty Days
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3rd Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: Crowning Glory -- Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death, The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Thursday, April 20, 2017 History Lecture Series: History and Culture of the Gullah on St. Helena Island
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 History Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman - A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman of Courage
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 History Lecture Series: Abbie Holmes Christensen
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Reconstruction Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Beaufort In The Civil War
Saturday, February 18, 2017 History Lecture Series: Researching an African-American Family
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 History Lecture Series: Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 History Lecture Series: I Walked in Santa's Boots
Thursday, December 08, 2016 History Lecture Series: Historic Homes of Beaufort - The Anchorage
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 History Lecture Series: Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Closed for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Thanksgiving Eve Hours
Monday, November 07, 2016 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal
Monday, October 24, 2016 History Lecture Series: Songs of the Civil War
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Fall 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Closed for Hurricane Matthew
Thursday, September 29, 2016 History Lecture Series: Ribaut’s Road
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 History Lecture Series: Beaufort—500 Years in a Capsule
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Summer 2016 Docent Training
Friday, June 10, 2016 Reconstruction Beaufort: Islands of Hope in a Sea of Distress - New Exhibit
Thursday, June 09, 2016 South Carolina Humanities Festival
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Girls Raised In The South (GRITS) - A Tea Party and Celebration of Lowcountry Women Who Changed History -- SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Spring 2016 Docent Training
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Beaufort County Spring Tour
Friday, March 25, 2016 Easter Holiday Hours
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2016 CSCLHS Conference - Museum Tour
Friday, March 11, 2016 Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting - Members Dinner
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Friday, January 01, 2016 Closed for New Years
Thursday, December 31, 2015 New Year's Eve Hours
Friday, December 25, 2015 Closed for Christmas.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve Hours
Sunday, November 22, 2015 A Place Called Home
Saturday, October 31, 2015 Pat Conroy 70th Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Fall 2015 Docent Training
Thursday, October 01, 2015 'Doctuh' BUZZard Exhibit
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Revealed! The Intimate Secrets of a Victorian Woman

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

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