Charleston Museum 


Charleston Museum


The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, making it America’s first museum. War delayed the museum’s public opening, but the doors finally opened to the public in 1824. 

The Museum features two levels of exhibits that recounts the history of Charleston and the Lowcountry by showcasing hundreds of items ranging from ancient fossils to Civil War artifacts. 

The first level is home to the Natural History section, temporary exhibits that focus on local history and the museum’s gift shop. The second level is home to eight permanent exhibits: 

  • Lowcountry History Hall - Learn about the Native Americans who first inhabited the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the colonists and enslaved African Americans who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
  • The Armory - Showcases examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century
  • Becoming Americans - Explore Charleston's role in the American Revolution
  • Charleston in the Civil War - Learn about Charleston's role in the Civil War
  • Early Days - See collections from around the world including an Egyptian mummy and mummy case
  • Kidstory - A hands-on exhibit for children where the history of Charleston comes alive
  • Historic Textiles - Features regularly rotating exhibits from a rich historic textiles and clothing collection
  • Charleston Silver - Showcasing the impressive work of the South’s finest silver craftsmen and women

    The museum also owns two historic homes, the Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward Washington House, that are open to the public. Admission for each is $12 or save money by purchasing combo tickets. Limited free parking is available and paid public parking is available across the street. Allow approximately 2 hours to tour the entire museum.

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Charleston Museum Hours and Admission


Hours: 
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (closes @ 1 pm) and Christmas Day

Admission:
Adults (18+) $12
Youth (13-17) $10
Child (3-12) $5
Children under 3 Free


Charleston Museum Address and Map


Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403
(843) 722-2996
Charleston Museum


Current and Upcoming Events
at the Charleston Museum


What: Nighttime at the Museum
When: Friday June 7, 2019
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Charleston Museum
How Much: Adult $25 (members $15) and Children $10 (members $5)

Nighttime at the Museum features costumed reenactors, special displays, an exciting scavenger hunt, crafts, and fun demonstrations. The lights will be low, so bring your flashlight. Food and beverages are included in the ticket price. 


What: Conversations with a Curator: Brick-making in the Lowcountry with Curator of Historical Archaeology, Martha Zierden
When: Friday June 14, 2019
Time: 10:30 am - 11 am
Where: Charleston Museum
How Much: Free for members and paid admission required for all others

Learn about seemingly unremarkable brick and what it reveals about the development of the Lowcountry, its historic buildings, and the people who inhabited them.


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