Parris Island Museum
Bldg. #111, Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, SC 29905
Phone: (843) 228-2951
Visit to the Home of the Marine Corps Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina is an exhilarating experience for visiting Americans and foreigners alike. Located in the Marine Corps' Recruit Depot, the 10,000 sq. ft. museum is rich in its artifacts and exhibits depicting the history, traditions and unrivalled military role of the Corps and the Native Americans and their culture in Port Royal and Parris Island regions.
The visitors may watch the welcome short documentary that depicts the recruit training process or proceed to survey galleries on the upper floor showing Parris Island's rich history from its early occupation by Native Americans, establishment of the Depot at the end of the 19th-century, French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island in late 15th century, Port Royal's pivotal role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, and evolution into Marine Corps installation after the Spanish American War. The museum can be reached from I-95 South (Savannah, GA) or From I-95 North (Charleston) and there are easy to find directions posted. Though public is welcome to visit Parris Island and access is free, as an active military base, visitors must meet current security needs. Please carry a driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance and proof of vehicle registration.
To make the drive worthwhile, there are also added attractions like The John Mark Verdier House Museum, Lowcountry Estuarium, York Bailey Museum - Penn Center and ARTworks, The home of the Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal & Sea Islands in close proximity.
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