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Parris Island Museum

Parris Island, SC
+1 843-525-2951
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Worth it!

My family and I went to Paris Island museum to check it out. Didn’t realize it would be so crowded... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Excellent Historical Displays

My wife and I visited this while on a day trip from Hilton Head. Since I went to boot camp there in... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Richard H
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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The museum features large exhibit halls on the history of recruit training, 20th Century Marine Corps history and the history of Parris Island.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Parris Island, SC
+1 843-525-2951
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to Paris Island museum to check it out. Didn’t realize it would be so crowded but it was family day. Keep in mind that every Friday is graduation day, so Thursday is when family’s come and spend the day with...More

Thank Mismise
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this while on a day trip from Hilton Head. Since I went to boot camp there in '62 many of the displays I can relate to personally. It follows the history from the original reason for the establishment of the...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Full history of MC recruit training at this location since the Revolution. Uniforms, weapons and many other details of recruit training through the years. Worth every minute you spend here. Since it is an active base, you'll be asked for plenty of ID before being...More

Thank Abenture
Reviewed 19 September 2017

After our tour of Beaufort we took a trip to Parris Island. No problem getting on the island with drivers licenses for everyone in your group. GPS to the museum doesn't work as the museum moved a while ago. We did not know it at...More

1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 8 September 2017

PI is amazing, would recommend that everyone visits this place. New found respect for all that service after this visit.

1  Thank DD1993
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This was fun for me. Of course I was not in training at the time!! Great museum, met a few trainees, who were very respectful. Semper Fi. Now 70 years old!

Thank badger1247
Reviewed 25 August 2017

As an active base be prepared for a wait and background check at the gate. Part of the fun is to catch a glimpse of camp life as you drive to and from the museum. Which is harder than it should be as there were...More

1  Thank 112PCS112
Reviewed 5 August 2017

My husband is actually a graduate of Parris Island so we went there to see how things have changed. Love that we can roam the grounds and see the training in action. The museum was very informative--loved the video of what happens to the recruit...More

1  Thank pattiwagon6
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We (an older couple from the Netherlands) were given a leaflet about this museum, thought it would be interesting. We had to pass a security control, which we thought was regular for tourists, because the museum is on a base. We were asked many questions,...More

2  Thank Anna187
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Museum is kind of divided into three separate areas. One tells the history of Paris Island and the base, another tells the history of the Marine Corp, and the third tells about the process of taking in recruits and turning them into Marines. All were...More

1  Thank Richard R
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Tina Rae C
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Response from Phil Kathy V | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any animals at all there.
5 May 2016|
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Response from Corny_04963 | Reviewed this property |
They should have their passports with them when they go. Enjoy your visit. ""Semper Fi".
14 February 2016|
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Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm daily, closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.