Beaufort History Museum
Beaufort History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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To relive the area's rich history, start with a visit to Beaufort History Museum at the historic Arsenal (1798) in downtown Beaufort! One of our knowledgeable docents will guide you through 450 years of Beaufort's past, recounting stories about this place that shaped America. (During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking recommended precautionary measures to keep our visitors and docents safe.)
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Steven S
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding tour
    We had an amazing tour with guide Aileen LeBlanc. We walked into the museum thinking we'd be out in 15 minutes. Aileen took us aside and spend about an hour and a half with us. She was so passionate and informative. It made the history come alive. Best docent we've ever had.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • DayTrip01381310493
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place for the history overview of Beaufort, SC!
    So much history in Beaufort, SC! Excellent docent-led visit. You could go through the museum displays yourself, but you'll miss out on the docent stories that make history come alive. Allow about an hour for the tour. It's worth it!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Cynthia R
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep Dive into Beaufort History
    Tom Kelley was an absolute wealth of knowledge. Who knew that this town and surrounding areas had such deep history!?! As a result of our time with Tom, we will be back to explore all of the places we can’t get to this weekend. What a jewel to have this in the downtown area!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
  • Daydream11631428483
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum guide
    Absolutely the best. Elaine LeBlanc kept us captivated with her historical knowledge of Beaufort. We had the best time and encourage visitors to add this to their tour of Beaufort. Thanks again, Elaine (True Grit)
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 May 2024
  • Rob L
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour!
    What a delightful tour! We went not knowing what to expect...what we got was a very interesting and in-depth presentation by an extremely knowledgeable tour guide (Tom Kelly), full of side stories and little interesting facts. Our brains felt full with all we were presented on the long and interesting history of the area. We HIGHLY recommend this if you have any interest in history.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
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Lisa Harmon
Kennebunks, Maine13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We visited the Museum property on our first day in town but were too late for the tour; we spoke with Jenny in the visitor center and she gave us some great ideas for things to do to learn about the local history and suggested some wonderful places to eat. We took her advice and took the tour with Janet the next day (which Jenny nicely booked for us) and got so much history about Beaufort! We were also able to come back the next day for the Museum tour here and we met with the Docent, Tom Kelley. WOW. That man knows this area and it's history! He literally walked us through history from the beginning of the explorers arriving, through the wars and into the mid 1900's. He explains everything so well and allows time for questions; very friendly and happy to answer questions, he really made the tour worth taking! I highly recommend visiting the Museum while in town and ask for Tom! Also say hello to Jenny :)
Written 1 February 2023
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This museum is located in the Beaufort Armory (also called Arsenal). It is primary a lot of placards to read. We enjoyed learning that Beaufort's history with Europeans goes back to the 1500's - something that we didn't learn from American history books when we were growing up!

There was no real history of the armory itself. We learned more about it from our tour guide on the red carriage ride than we did at the armory. That would be a nice addition to the museum's display.

For the $7 entry fee, we had expected a lot more.
Written 3 February 2022
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boop33399
Denver, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We were so lucky to learn about this jewel of a museum amidst all the worthwhile attractions in this historic town. We were treated to an hour + tour presented by an extremely well versed and entertaining volunteer docent, Tom Kelly. We left this site totally enlightened about the historical events of this area and enriched with new knowledge about the people who made these events and inhabited this region. Thanks to the city and the volunteers who make this a very worthwhile place to visit.
Written 17 March 2023
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bwal2n
Chapin, SC15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Very attractive and informative displays. Gary gave us a private tour (it's not terribly crowded) and we squeezed in two and a half hours of visits around a carriage tour. The front desk/gift shop managers were all friendly and helpful.
Written 4 July 2020
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Thank you for coming, bwal2n. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 5 July 2020
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DayTrip01381310493
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
So much history in Beaufort, SC! Excellent docent-led visit. You could go through the museum displays yourself, but you'll miss out on the docent stories that make history come alive. Allow about an hour for the tour. It's worth it!
Written 27 January 2024
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Daydream11631428483
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely the best. Elaine LeBlanc kept us captivated with her historical knowledge of Beaufort. We had the best time and encourage visitors to add this to their tour of Beaufort.

Thanks again, Elaine (True Grit)
Written 8 May 2024
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LittlePaint
Urbandale, IA740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did not go to the museum, but we did spend time in the visitor center with Jennifer. She was awesome telling us about places in Beaufort and the Sea Islands that we might want to visit complete with excellent directions.

I'd called earlier to ask for suggestions for a place to park my camper, Jennifer told me right away about a free (!) parking lot that would easily accommodate my motor coach.

Excellent resource!
Written 12 March 2020
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Rob L
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
What a delightful tour! We went not knowing what to expect...what we got was a very interesting and in-depth presentation by an extremely knowledgeable tour guide (Tom Kelly), full of side stories and little interesting facts. Our brains felt full with all we were presented on the long and interesting history of the area. We HIGHLY recommend this if you have any interest in history.
Written 1 June 2024
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buckeyebatman
Georgetown, SC184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
$8 per person. Upstairs area with lots of information. You can do a self tour, QR code your or guided tour. Guided tour lasts about 45 minutes. If you like history and want to know more about the area, it is worth the trip.
Written 23 April 2022
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Venture794567
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The docent, Mr Kelly, was fantastic! He gave us a complete and thorough tour and history of the area. He made us feel as though we were there when the events happened. He is a Smithsonian-level expert. Don’t miss this museum and exhibits on your visit!
Written 9 April 2023
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