Hilton Head Interactive Museum

Tues-Sat: 10-5 September thru March, May

Mon-Sat.: 10-5 April, June thru August

Sunday: Closed

Open Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day), 2014, 10a-5pm,

Closed Saturday, November 15, 2014 due to St. Andrew by the Sea Fall Festival. Public is invited!

Membership Unlimited Family Pass Membership: $75 year

A great saving if your family visits the museum 3+ times a year.

Grandparents Membership: $75 year

Applies to all grandchildren.

Day Rates: Adults: $6.00

Seniors (65+): $5.00

Active Military: $5.00

Groups of 10 plus*: $5.00

Children (1+):  $6.00

(0-12 Months): Free

Members:  Free

* Must be one payment for groups. Special discounted rates cannot combined with other discounts. Come Play at The Sandbox and browse our little gift shop and snack bar. 

The Adventure

Inspired by the earliest visitors to the Hilton Head area, William Hilton's ship of discovery is modeled after a 16th century Spanish galleon. Its design allows for two levels of play, with a crawlspace underneath the upper deck.

Key educational components:

  1. A stage for dramatic play. Children can pursue both realistic and imaginative play with a variety of props and costumes.
  2. Climbing a ladder or cargo net down into the "hold", crawling below deck to explore the ship's hull and raising or lowering the fishing nets all contribute to Gross Motor Skills.
  3. The "pilings" on the dock have ropes around them with various marine knots for the children to try to tie and develop Fine Motor Skills.
  4. By utilizing the periscopes, telescopes and binoculars children are exploring the science of optics.
  5. Children love to gaze at their reflection. They will be surprised by the mirrored ceiling below deck and the dock mirrors which allow them see their reflections in both convex and concave perspectives.
  6. Little sailors can learn to identify aquatic sounds by pushing buttons which create thunder, seagulls, fog horns, ocean waves, wind, etc.
  7. At the front of the ship a carved mermaid guides its direction and allows for a perfect "photo op" for the little sailors memory books.