Long a popular tourist destination, this barrier island just off the Georgia coast boasts a remarkably rich mix of cultural heritage and natural history. From the pre-contact era when First Nations peoples came to the island to harvest fish and shellfish, through its opulent 19th Century role as a private retreat for the rich and famous, to its present-day status as a National Historic Landmark, Jekyll Island has extraordinary stories to tell.
The Jekyll Island Authority has engaged Main Street to create new exhibits and guest experiences for the Jekyll Island Museum. As a first stop for nearly everyone who comes to the island, the Museum is well positioned to help even the casual visitor recognize and appreciate Jekyll Island’s interwoven legacies. Our focus is on illustrating how humans have interacted with the island’s diverse natural resources over time, and how people have both shaped and been shaped by those forces.