Gibbes Museum of Art 


Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art is one of the most remarkable buildings located in Charleston’s famed historic district. The museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1905, houses over 10,000 works of art. 

These works of art are mainly American with a connection to the Southern U.S. and Charleston area. Visitors can explore Charleston and the Lowcountry through paintings, sculptures, photographs, and miniature portraits. 

In addition, the museum has a rotating series of collections available for a limited time that are borrowed from famous museums all over the world. Spanning virtually every style, era and genre, Charleston visitors are encouraged to return to the gallery often to see what new exhibitions are on display.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is the perfect place for someone who wants to enjoy one of largest southern collections of fine artwork on display. The first floor gallery is free to the public but paid admission is required to view the second and third floor galleries. Allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours to tour the entire museum depending on the number of visitors at the time.  Parking is not available at the museum but on-street metered parking is offered throughout downtown. Parking is also available in the parking deck on Cumberland St and Queen St for a fee.




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Gibbes Museum of Art Hours and Admission


Hours:
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Admission:
Adults (18+) $12
College Student $10
Senior/Military $10
Child (4-17) $6
Children 3 and under Free

The museum is closed in observance of the following holdiays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 


Gibbes Museum of Art Address and Map


Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 722-2706
Gibbes Museum Website


Current and Upcoming Exhibitions 
at the Gibbes Museum of Art


Current Exhibition: Japonisme in Charleston: Alice Smith and Her Circle
When: Apr. 30, 2021 - Oct. 3, 2021
Where: Gallery 9

Early 20th century Charleston artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was one of many American artists to react to the western dissemination of Japanese prints. In a companion exhibition to Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection the wave of enthusiasm for the Japanese aesthetic in Charleston will be explored through the works of Smith and other artists who embraced the tenets and techniques of Japanese art.


Current Exhibition: Last Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection
When: Apr. 30, 2021 - Oct. 3, 2021
Where: Gallery 8

The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to one of the most significant collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the Southeast. This exhibition will present 60 exceptional and rare prints amassed by Charleston collector, Motte Alston Read, and his sister, Mary Read Hume Simms of New Orleans, during the first decades of the 20th century. The Read-Simms Collection reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from famous Kabuki theater actors portrayed by Suzuki Harunobu and Tōshūsai Sharaku in the 18th century, to vibrant landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai in the 19th century.


Current Exhibition: Light Effects: The French Impressionists
When: Sept. 3, 2021 - Feb. 20, 2022
Where: Galleries 2 & 3

The works of French masters Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and others drawn to the short loose brushstrokes, bright colors, and focus on modern life that became the language of Impressionism are highlighted in this exhibition. Featuring artworks from private collections located across the country, including Charleston, this show is part of the Gibbes collectors' exhibition series and is organized with the assistance of The Fine Art Group.


Upcoming Events
at the Gibbes Museum of Art


Current Exhibition: Romare Bearden: Abstraction
When: Oct. 15, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022
Where: Gallery 8 & 9

With some 55 paintings, works on paper and collages, Romare Bearden: Abstraction is the first exhibition to fully examine and contextualize the artist’s significant body of abstract work. Recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden’s prolific and distinguished career spanned nearly 50 years. This exhibition, which debuts at the Gibbes before traveling to venues across the country, also includes pieces created before and after his most direct engagement with abstraction (among these, the figurative collages for which he is most well-known). The exhibition emphasizes the importance of abstraction in the artist's oeuvre, its significant contribution to the overall Bearden narrative and marks the artist's place within the New York avant-garde of the 1950s-60s.


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