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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

In 1996, the Harbor Historical Association launched a dream to create a museum that would celebrate the maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown, the state’s second largest port. In 2011, with community support, the South Carolina Maritime Museum opened on the waterfront in historic downtown Georgetown.

Home to the prized Fresnel lens of the old North Island lighthouse, our mission is to create enjoyable experiences for both young people and adults by featuring exhibits, programs and events related to South Carolina’s rich and remarkable maritime history.

Join / Renew Your Membership for 2020!

Summer Sailing Camps for ages 8-18

REGISTER NOW! for Youth Sailing Camps at the SC Maritime Museum. 

Half-day camps will be offered during June, July and August. Each camp is 5 days long and held 3 hours per day. Morning camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. Afternoon camps will be held Monday through Friday from 2 pm until 5 pm. Click on the link below to choose your week. 

Optimist Prams (Optis) will be used to teach beginning and intermediate sailors from 8-14 years of age. This year, 420’s,  a two-person sailing dinghy, will be used to instruct children 12 to 18 years old.

Registration and More Info!


History for Lunch Winter/ Spring 2020

January 15 | Tickets
Santa Elena and America’s Lost Century

February 19 | Tickets
His Majesty’s Warship’s in South Carolina

April 15 – Double Feature! | Tickets 
Tracking Changes in North Inlet and Winyah Bay with the National Estuarine Research Reserve and Georgetown Harbor and the Tidal Sampit   

$20 for Lunch and Presentation  | $18 for Museum and OLLI Members . For more info call Hope McFaddin at  843-520-0111 or email info@sc-mm.org. History for Lunch is sponsored by Andy Friedman, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Georgetown, SC


Friends’ Christmas Boat Parade Party

Friends of the Museum are invited to attend the annual Christmas Boat Parade Party on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

  • Watch the boat parade from the back deck of the museum. Parade begins at 6 pm.
  • Enjoy chili, snacks and libations provided by museum board members.
  • Browse the Museum Gift Shop: 10% discount for members
  • This event is free for our “Friends”. New “Friends” are welcome. Dress is casual.
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“A Most Violent Storm” – Great Hurricanes from South Carolina’s Past

The South Carolina Maritime Museum opened its latest exhibit, “A Most Violent Storm” – Great Hurricanes from South Carolina’s Past – on June 2 with a program by ABC 15’s Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski. Ed discussed the advent of the 2019 hurricane season, history of local storms, and preparations one should take.

Learn about some of the state’s most destructive tropical cyclones, such as the “Great Hurricane” of 1752; the “Memorable Carolina Hurricane” which destroyed the village at North Inlet; the Sea Islands Hurricane of 1893, South Carolina’s deadliest hurricane; as well more familiar storms, Hurricanes Hazel, Hugo, and Matthew. How did hurricanes get their name? Ever heard of storm towers? What happened to the unfortunate Flagg family at Magnolia Beach? All these questions will be answered and more at the South Carolina Maritime Museum!


“Buy” a brick, preserve your place in history

A wall of nearly 300-year-old bricks recovered from the BROWN’S FERRY VESSEL (c. 1730)  is a focal point in the newly renovated and expanded SC Maritime Museum.

The purchase of a BROWN’S FERRY brick is a rare opportunity to “truly” be part of the SC Maritime Museum. A historical brick with a commemorative inscription of the donor’s choice can be purchased for $200.

You can purchase your brick online or call Amy Rowe at the SCMM, 843-520-0111.

Bricks: $200 each, tax deductible donation to the Raise the Sails Appeal.

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Maritime Park Event Venue

Maritime Park, Georgetown SC’s newest outdoor waterfront event and wedding reception venue, is now available to rent! This venue is situated in the heart of Historic Downtown Georgetown overlooking the Harborwalk and Sampit River making it a beautiful stage for your next event.

The Park is managed by Atlantis Property Management. Please click on the link below to visit the SC Maritime Park website for contact info, rates, FAQ’s and event planning resources.

Visit SCMaritimePark.com