Museums Partner to Encourage More Visits

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 7:29 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

Pass program to be available year-round (from Beaufort Today, 7/20/16).

A lot can be said about a community through the artifacts from its past on display in local museums. To encourage more people in Beaufort to learn the history of the area, three museums are partnering to provide a discount on visits and tours.  Board Member Stuart Heath describes the program on WHHI TV.

That rich past is depicted at the Beaufort History Museum, Historic Beaufort Foundation and Santa Elena History Center. Located with 10-15 minute walks of each other, the three museums are providing a $1 savings on admission.

Anyone who purchases a full-price ticket at any of the museums will receive a sticker that entitles the wearer to $1 off admission at the other two.

“The hope is that people who are interested in the rich history of the Beaufort district will be able to take full advantage of three interesting museums which are in walking distance of each other,” said Carla Marsh, a Beaufort History Museum board member. “Each museum offers a unique perspective and a visit to all three will deepen the cultural and educational experience.”

By walking to each museum, guests are provided a scenic route through downtown. Each historical center has a different mission, distinct presentation and unique perspective so that a visit to each one enhances learning and deepens the cultural experience.

The Beaufort History Museum, located 713 Craven Street, is housed in the historic 1798 Arsenal. It tells the story of the area’s 500-year history through artifacts, photos and tours given by knowledgeable docents.

The Historic Beaufort Foundation is located at 801 Bay Street in the Verdier House. It is the only planter’s house in Beaufort open to the public.

The museum’s goal is to protect and preserve historical sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest across the county.

The Santa Elena History Center, located at 1501 Bay Street, presents the history of the Spanish who established a town in 1566 on the shores of Port Royal Sound. The old courthouse provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about “America’s Untold Story” of Santa Elena.

“Museums are important to our community because they tell the authentic story of who we were and how we evolved to become who we are now,” Marsh said. “They enable us to participate in the burgeoning cultural and historic tourism throughout our area and are essential in making Beaufort a prime destination as part of that trend.”

Visitors eager to discover the Lowcountry can start the journey with Beaufort’s museums, where they can learn about Beaufort’s past and the place where American history began.

“Before St. Augustine, Jamestown and Plymouth, in 1562 the French, led by Jean Ribault, established Charlesfort near what is now Parris Island. The Beaufort district was also the site of Santa Elena, a thriving settlement founded by Spanish explorers in 1566,” Marsh said.

The museum pass program will be available year-round, not just during peak tourism season.

For more information about the Beaufort History Museum, call 843-379-3079 or go to www.beauforthistorymuseum.com. To learn more about the Historic Beaufort Foundation, call 843-379-3331 or go to www.historicbeaufort.org. For the Santa Elena History Center, contact 843-379-1550 or go to www.Santa-Elena.org.


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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