Walterboro  and Colleton County boast three museums. The Colleton Museum (239 N. Jefferies Blvd., 843/549-2303, Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. noon–4 p.m., free) is in the 1855 “Old Jail” downtown, and houses exhibits exploring area history and culture from dinosaurs to the present day. This is also where you can pick up a good self-guided walking tour of the whole town.
The Bedon-Lucas House Museum (205 Church St., 843/549-9633, Thurs.–Sat. 1–4 p.m., $3 adults, 7 and under free) was built by a local planter in 1820. An example of the local style of “high house,” built off the ground to escape mosquitoes and catch the breeze, the house today is a nice mix of period furnishings and unadorned simplicity.
The Slave Relic Museum (208 Carn St., 843/549-9130, Tues.–Fri. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $6 adults, $5 children) houses the area Center for Research and Preservation of the African American Culture. It features artifacts, photos, and documents detailing the Atlantic passage, slave life, and the Underground Railroad.