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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Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
Adults (18+) $12
College Student $10
Child (4-17) $6
Children 3 and under Free
Current Exhibition: Charleston Collects: British Sporting Art from the Penkhus Collection
When: Feb. 7, 2020 - Jun. 28, 2020
Where: Galleries 2 & 3
The Charleston Collects series at the Gibbes aims to highlight significant fine art collections formed by Lowcountry residents. This exhibition features exceptional British sporting art paintings from the private collection of Charleston’s Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Martha Penkhus.
Current Exhibition: Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet
When: May. 15, 2020 - Oct. 4, 2020
Where: Galleries 8 & 9
Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet, is presented in partnership with Spoleto Festival, USA, and features the internationally acclaimed artist’s most recent body of work originally produced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial. A 1999 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award winner, Fred Wilson (American, b. 1954) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, he alters traditional interpretations, encouraging viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives.