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Hilton Head Island Arts & Humanities


Guide to local arts and learning centers, museums, dance theatres and cultural activities on Hilton Head Island, SC



Hilton Head Island celebrates the arts and humanities with open arms and is home to a number of popular cultural attractions, art galleries, museums, learning centers and other enriching activities that welcome locals and visitors alike. Popular destinations include the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Comedy Magic Cabaret, and Heritage Library. Three movie theatres are located on the island, including Coligny Theatre, Northridge Cinema 10, and Park Plaza Cinema.

"Gullah," a blend of slave, native, cadence, and Elizabethian English was spoken in the Lowcountry. This rich culture, developed over the years of slavery, survives to this day. As interest in the history of African-Americans on Hilton Head grows more evidence of their lifestyle is being preserved. The Gullah culture continues as community leaders encourage its preservation.
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Hilton Head Arts & Cultural Attractions

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

14 Shelter Cove Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 686-3945

Multipart venue hosting drama, comedy, musical and experimental theater, plus a visual-arts gallery.

Art League of Hilton Head Gallery

14 Shelter Cove Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-5060

Hilton Head Dance Theatre

24 Palmetto Business Park Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-5477

Hilton Head Comedy Magic Cabaret

843 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-7757

Comedy shows featured in an intimate theater space with a lounge for wine, craft beer and snacks. Live performances · Fast service · Hip.

Heritage Library

852 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 686-6560

The Sandbox

18 Pope Ave
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-7645

Indoor educational activities and play areas for kids 8 and under include a climbing wall and spaceship.

Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-6767

Learning center with programs and walks on 68 coastal acres with ancient buildings, trees and wildlife.
Hilton Head Movie Theatres & Cinemas

Coligny Theatre

1 N Forest Beach Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Located in: Coligny Plaza Shopping Center
(843) 686-3500

Cozy independent movie theater playing a selection of art-house and foreign films.

Northridge Cinema 10

435 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Located in: Northridge Plaza
(843) 342-3801

Park Plaza Cinema

33 Office Park Rd #201
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-5001

Independently run movie theater with a cafe and lounge serving American and Mexican bites.
Gullah Culture

What's in a Name?

Hilton Head Island is named for the English sea captain William Hilton who was hired by a syndicate of Barbadian planters and claimed the island for England. Hilton "discovered" the island in 1663 but European colonization did not occur until around 1800. Before the Civil War, the plantations on Hilton Head Island prospered growing rice, indigo, and cotton.

Earliest Inhabitants

Native Indians resided on Hilton Head Island as early as 4000 BC. Evidence of early settlement remains today in the form of a 3400 year old "Indian Shell ring" in Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

Gullah Culture

"Gullah," a blend of slave, native, cadence, and Elizabethian English was spoken in the Lowcountry. This rich culture, developed over the years of slavery, survives to this day. Old spirituals and songs were made up and used by slaves as codes for meeting times and places and as messages for freedom. The songs and stories also spoke of storms and other events in the lives of the slaves. As interest in the history of African-Americans on Hilton Head grows more evidence of their lifestyle is being preserved. The Gullah culture continues as community leaders encourage its preservation.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island

Gullah "Little House"
3 Farmer's Club Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-3254

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2003 to preserve Gullah history, culture, customs, traditions, language, stories, songs and structures on Hilton Head Island.




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