Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Community

Parris Island Museum

The Parris Island Museum is located in the War Memorial Building, Building 111, and is devoted to the history of Parris Island, the Beaufort/Port Royal area and the Marine Corps. The museum also contains a library for reference work and a small theater that shows films about Parris Island and the Marine Corps.


The museum tour begins in the rotunda, which reveals displays reflecting the development of Parris Island as a military installation and recruit training.


To the right of this impressive setting is an exhibit on Marine Corps uniforms, a theater and gift shop.


At the other end of the first floor is an exhibit on local military history. Of special interest are the artifacts recovered from Santa Elena, the onetime capital of Spanish Florida, which was located on Parris Island from 1566 to 1578.


The museum’s offices, library, additional rotunda cases and small arms displays are located on the second deck. An exhibit hall is also dedicated to the history of the Marine Corps during the 20th and 21st centuries.


There is no charge to visit. The museum is open Monday through Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday of graduation weeks the museum is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. For more information, call 228-2951.


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