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Address: Saint Helena Island, SC
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: A significant African-American institution in the United States, its...
A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.
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I was at the Penn Center for a conference, we stayed on site in some of the historical buildings. The facility wasn't bad, but they could definitely use some injection of money... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Gatineau
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Granted, it is only 5$ per person but so much more could be done to make visitors aware of this tragic but important american heritage. The museum is poorly designed, contrary to the experience of others, the staff whnw were there was cold and silent. The store was way overpriced. In the end, it left us with more questions than... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I was at the Penn Center for a conference, we stayed on site in some of the historical buildings. The facility wasn't bad, but they could definitely use some injection of money to update water heaters/appliances. It's a shame that enough donations don't come in to keep this place a little more updated considering the historical importance. The museum was... More 

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Carterville, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It's a little out of the way from HIlton Head but well worth the time. The museum and visitor center were both very informative. We spend most of the day learning about the Penn Center school. We had time to eat at the Gullah Grub for dinner

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stratford upon avon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

This museum is where all the Black children went to school it was like a modern day apprenticeship were they learnt various trades, Martin Luther King started his famous speech whilst he was here. There are 15 historic buildings to see and also a 20 minutes film, staff are friendly and the cost is $5 per adult. It is in... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you are in the Beaufort SC area, a visit to Penn Center is a must. This area was one of the first taken by Union soldiers in 1862. What do you do with the ex slaves. Two Quaker women came down from the north to help teach them. The school was open for almost 100 years They taught these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The history here is so deep and I felt so privileged to visit and learn so much about Gullah culture! It was so interesting and the exhibits and artifacts were exceptional. Nothing beats the feeling of history, great stories and film to make it seem like the place is coming alive all around you. Low country folklore has a rich... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Be sure to visit the Penn Center on Saint Helena Island if you get the chance. It’s an easy drive from Beaufort, and there’s no more fascinating place to explore the roots and origins of Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island culture. Pick up a guide/map ($1) at the Welcome Center so you’ll appreciate what you see on your tour of this one-of-a-kind place.... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The pictures of life on St. Helena, and the artifacts make it memorable. Loved the books and other materials about the Low Country. Also, enjoyed the short film presentation that brought the Penn Center to Life.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The history of the Cemter, and the continued efforts, are fantastic! I knew nothing of the Penn Educational Program when the visit was recommended by a local when I asked for something to teach me about the history of the region. I only wish I had had more time to see some of the other buildings, as I only had... More 

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Lady's Island, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Take time to visit this historic site & home of the Gullah culture. Read the captions & plaques; enjoy the artifacts.

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