Parris Island Museum

Visit the Parris Island Museum, where every artifact holds a story. Our displays range from Spanish and French settlements during the 16th century, to the development of Parris Island as a training depot for U.S. Marines, to exhibits on World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Every Marine who trains at Parris Island walks through our hallowed halls to learn more about their legacy. Be sure to check out the video on the trials of modern recruit training while visiting!

Front Desk

676 Panama Street
Parris Island, South Carolina 29905

Monday through Saturday, 1000-1630
Thursday and Friday, 0800-1630
Gift Store closes at 1600

Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays

When you arrive at the front gate at Parris Island, tell the Military Police you are going to the museum. You must present a valid government-issued photo identification card, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. If you are driving a rental car, present a copy of the rental agreement. Then, follow these directions to the museum:

  • After getting through the front gate, take the third exit on the roundabout.

  • Drive approximately 2.5 miles down Malecon Drive, which turns into Boulevard de France once buildings appear.

  • Take a right on Samoa St, directly after you pass under the “We Make Marines Sign.”

  • Drive one block and take a left on Panama St. The museum is on your right. Look for the Japanese field guns in front of the building.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island