The following exhibits are open to the public this summer at Coastal Discovery Museum.


“Avenger – Robert Smalls” by Charles Edward Williams

Binya: Faces ob de Gullah Geechee

Coastal Discovery Museum – Main Gallery

Now – July 9

Please join us during the final few weeks of the exhibition Binya: Faces ob de Gullah Geechee at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Featuring over 50 portraits and related objects from the 1920s to the present, this remarkable exhibition delves into varied stories of individuals from across the Gullah Geechee corridor. Recent acquisitions and commissions for the collection at the Coastal Discovery Museum are featured along with numerous loans from regional artists and collectors. A closing party will be held on July 8, featuring Gullah Geechee Fashion, Art, Music, Food, and Storytelling. Please visit for detailed information. The exhibition is open through July 9, 2023.

Nikon Small World

Coastal Discovery Museum – Sea Island Gallery

Now – August 20

A Stunning World Seen Through the Microscope

Fly under the chin of a tiger beetle – by Murat Ozturk

The Coastal Discovery Museum is delighted to host the exhibition of the 20 prize-winning images from the 2022 Nikon Small World Competition. Combining microscopy and photography, a photomicrographer is able to capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye. A photomicrograph may be of great technical significance and, at the same time, a sheer beauty to contemplate. This remarkable intersection of science and art inspired Nikon Instruments to create the Small World Competition in 1974 – and 48 years later, it remains the premier photomicrography competition in the world. From Small World’s very first winner to this year’s winning image, microscope techniques, equipment, optics, and software have changed dramatically. Improved techniques and tools contribute to solutions for complex biological and industrial mysteries, but there is much in the microscopic world that remains undiscovered. To view the complete collection of winning images from this year, go to

Conservation in the Classroom

Coastal Discovery Museum – Main Gallery

July 14 – September 10

The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to once again partner with area elementary schools for Conservation in the Classroom, an environmental education experience that inspires and challenges students to take action and educate others about protecting our natural habitats. Now in its fourth year, this standard-based program culminates in an exhibition at the museum from July 14 through September 10.

Each school chooses from four themes, including shorebirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and horseshoe crabs. They then work with their classroom teacher and museum educators to learn about the species and the environmental issues that affect them, concluding with a hands-on project that merges science and art to bring that knowledge to life.

Coastal Discovery Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of The Bargain Box, Breedlove Foundation, and Palmetto Electric Trust for providing the support that makes this program possible.

Coastal Discovery Museum ​​​is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive​​​​​​, Hilton Head Island. ​​​Free and open to the public. 843-689-6767.