On Mainland

Two story blue building along brick walkways, with American flag flying
Cumberland Island Mainland Visitor Center is the location to check in for ferry reservations, find information for planning a visit, or to browse the bookstore.

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Mainland Visitor Center

The visitor center is the primary information point for the National Seashore, and where visitors come to check in for their ferry reservations. The building is staffed daily to provide information on making reservations, offer trip ideas, supply junior ranger books, provide brochures, and sell park passes. There is a small exhibit area on island ecology and a bookstore.

For location and hours information visit the Operating Hours & Seasons page.

Facilities, Services and Activities

an elegant dress and hand fan sit in a display case surrounded by colorful exhibits and imagery of the island's history
Display room in the Cumberland Island Museum

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Free and open daily, the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum offers visitors a glimpse into thousands of years of human history related to the island. Here you will see artifacts of daily life from the many peoples who have influenced the island's history. On display are an American Indian Canoe, Scottish Target (shield), horse drawn carriages, a Tiffany desk set, an anchor lost from an 1815 British bomb ship, and articles of daily life from an enslaved populace.

For location and hours information visit the Operating Hours & Seasons page.

Exhibits include:

  • Timucuan Culture - Pre-history - 1561, Pre-Contact Peoples
  • Worlds Collide - 1562 - 1776, First Contact through the Colonial Period
  • Dungeness - 1803, Greene-Miller Plantation
  • Plantation Era - 1783 - 1860, Agriculture & the Slave Economy
  • First African Baptist Church - 1887 - 1970s, The Settlement & Life on the North End
  • The Industrialist Era
  • The Forgotten Invasion - the War of 1812

Facilities, Services and Activities

  • Information brochures
  • Exhibits
  • "Forgotten Invasion" - Film on the War of 1812 in St. Marys, GA
  • Passport cancellation stamps
  • Restrooms & drinking fountains

Last updated: April 11, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys, GA 31558


912 882-4336

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