Admission is free. Donations are always welcome and very gratefully appreciated.

Children are welcome to explore, dig in our "fossil pit," or play croquet on the lawn. 

The BIC is a dog-friendly place.

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Visitors in wheelchairs or with otherwise restricted mobility are welcome to the Barrier Islands Center. Both the Museum Building and the Education Building have ramps available for wheelchair or walker access. Some of the museum exhibits are on the 2nd floor, which does not offer wheelchair access at this time. Visitors who are unable to ascend the stairs may view one or more of the BIC's documentary films, sit and chat with us downstairs or browse the galleries through our iPad Virtual Tour


On the second floor of the Barrier Islands Center Museum, the rooms are artfully arranged to create an immersive and interactive experience that reveals how different life was just 100 years ago.

The sepia photographs and artifacts are used to tell the stories of these men, women and children (as well as the animals) who lived, worked and played on the Barrier Islands

  • the rugged "ironmen" of the life saving stations who managed a dramatic rescue of a stranded Spanish vessel during stormy weather  
  • the orphan girl who went to work for the Hog Island Lighthouse Keeper's wife
  • the couple who had to stand on their furniture to survive the great August storm of 1933
  • the Italian harpist who played for guests at the Cobb Island Hotel
  • the sisters who argued about who would sit next to President Grover Cleveland on his visit

Miriam Riggs is the talented exhibit designer who transports visitors to these historical spaces by creating a rich visual tableau in each gallery. Exacting in her research, Miriam is also able to bring in playful elements that delight both children and adults.