Coastal Discovery Museum has worked to serve its community for more than 35 years. With much thought about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, its management made the decision to close the doors to the museum buildings, but to continue to keep the property open to the public.

Visitors are welcome to safely explore the property, experiencing the beauty and wonder of nature on their own. “We think that having this space open for residents to enjoy will help them stay healthy and get much needed exercise,” said Rex Garniewicz, president and CEO. “For many of us who work here, being under the magnificent live oaks, watching the ospreys build their nest, or seeing spring bring the saltmarsh to life, helps us remain balanced and relieves some of the stress and anxiety that result from an uncertain future.”

Grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Hilton Head Island Farmers’ Market will continue to operate on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market has plenty of space for shoppers to socially distance themselves while having access to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and local goods.

Also, as a Smithsonian Affiliate, Coastal Discovery Museum is working to provide distance learning resources for teachers and parents. Many of these resources are available to all at

Coastal Discovery is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive. For more information, visit