No visit to Beaufort is complete without dipping your toes into our area's rich and storied military history, from walking tours of the old arsenal to guided excursions to the marine base or Parris Island museum. In town for a military graduation? Let us help you find the perfect hotel, motel or historic inn to stay in!

More than 17,000 active duty military members and their families live and work in the Beaufort area. In Port Royal, the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island transforms more than 20,000 recruits a year into Marines.

Parris Island Museum

Parris Island Museum

Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps and the exciting history of Port Royal.
The Parris Island Museum features thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials that illustrate the history of Port Royal and Parris Island, from early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines.

The 10,000-square-foot museum is located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The exhibits focus primarily on the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. On display are artifacts depicting Port Royal's important military role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present. Alongside Marine Corps history, there are exhibits devoted to the Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark, site of French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island between 1562 and 1587.

The Museum is open daily to the public from 10:00am-4:30pm, and 8:00am – 4:30pm on Family and Graduation Days. Holiday closures include New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free.

For more information on the Parris Island Museum, visit or call 843.228.2951.