Hours and Admission

Admission: Free

Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm Daily
Closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

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Historical & Museum Society

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The Historical & Museum Society supports the Parris Island Museum by providing for the preservation, perpetuation, publication and display of manuscripts, books, relics, pictures and other objects of historical significance.

Donations, Membership and Gift Shop purchases allow the Historical & Museum Society to support the Museum.  Visit our site to learn more: PIHMS

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot

memoriesThe Museum is collecting memories of Parris Island and the Marine Corps to preserve. Appropriate submissions (content and length) will be added to the touch-screen kiosks in the Museum for all visitors to read.

As such, by submitting, you agree the Museum may edit submissions for length and to ensure content is appropriate for all visitors. Longer submissions, or those with content more appropriate only to researchers, will be added to the Museum archives or submitted to other military archival projects for preservation.

By submitting your story and any accompanying graphics or images, you must agree to give the Museum permission to use them for educational, non-profit purposes. Please indicate clearly on your submission you agree to this.

Email your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The public is welcome to visit Parris Island. As an active military base, access may be dependent upon current security needs. At the front gate, tell the guard you wish to visit the Museum. Be prepared to show a driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, and proof of vehicle registration.

You can obtain the Depot's Driving Tour Map at the Museum.

Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm daily, closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission: Free.

Contact Us

Address: 111 Panama St Beaufort, SC 29902-7607

Directions

From I-95 South:

  • Take Exit 8 from I-95.
  • Merge right onto US 278 East, going toward Hilton Head.
  • Approx. 5 miles, turn LEFT on SC-141.
  • About 4 miles, turn LEFT on SC-170 N (Okatie Hwy).
  • Continue about 10 miles. Turn RIGHT on Savannah Hwy / SC-802 (the first traffic light after the bridge over the Broad River). Continue on SC-802, bearing right.
  • About 4 miles from the light, take the off-ramp to Parris Island on your right-hand side to the front gate.
  • From the gate, proceed across the causeway and follow signage towards "Mainside" and the Museum.
  • The Museum is on the corner of Panama Street and Olongapo St.

From I-95 North:

  • Take Exit 33 from I-95 onto Route 17.
  • Follow Route 17 to Highway 21 South, toward Beaufort.
  • Follow Highway 21 South until you reach the intersection of Route 280, after passing Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
  • Continue approximately 6 miles. Route 280 turns into Route 802. You will see a sign for Parris Island.
  • The off-ramp to Parris Island is on the right side of the road and will take you to the front gate.
  • From the gate, proceed across the causeway and follow signage towards "Mainside" and the Museum.
  • The Museum is on the corner of Panama Street and Olongapo St.

Driving Tips

Follow the posted speed limit when on the Depot. In most areas it is 25mph. If passing troops, reduce your speed to the posted limit.

Visitors needing to have a pass issued at the front gate can expect a delay if arriving on a Thursday or Friday morning during a graduation week.

The public is welcome to visit Parris Island. As an active military base, access may be dependent upon current security needs. At the front gate, tell the guard you wish to visit the Museum. Be prepared to show a driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, and proof of vehicle registration.

You can obtain the Depot's Driving Tour Map at the Museum.

Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm daily, closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission: Free.

Contact Us

Address: 111 Panama St Beaufort, SC 29902-7607

Directions

From I-95 South:

  • Take Exit 8 from I-95.
  • Merge right onto US 278 East, going toward Hilton Head.
  • Approx. 5 miles, turn LEFT on SC-141.
  • About 4 miles, turn LEFT on SC-170 N (Okatie Hwy).
  • Continue about 10 miles. Turn RIGHT on Savannah Hwy / SC-802 (the first traffic light after the bridge over the Broad River). Continue on SC-802, bearing right.
  • About 4 miles from the light, take the off-ramp to Parris Island on your right-hand side to the front gate.
  • From the gate, proceed across the causeway and follow signage towards "Mainside" and the Museum.
  • The Museum is on the corner of Panama Street and Olongapo St.

From I-95 North:

  • Take Exit 33 from I-95 onto Route 17.
  • Follow Route 17 to Highway 21 South, toward Beaufort.
  • Follow Highway 21 South until you reach the intersection of Route 280, after passing Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
  • Continue approximately 6 miles. Route 280 turns into Route 802. You will see a sign for Parris Island.
  • The off-ramp to Parris Island is on the right side of the road and will take you to the front gate.
  • From the gate, proceed across the causeway and follow signage towards "Mainside" and the Museum.
  • The Museum is on the corner of Panama Street and Olongapo St.

Driving Tips

Follow the posted speed limit when on the Depot. In most areas it is 25mph. If passing troops, reduce your speed to the posted limit.

Visitors needing to have a pass issued at the front gate can expect a delay if arriving on a Thursday or Friday morning during a graduation week.