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In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the Lowcountry and the African American and European settlers who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.details
In the Museum’s Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.details
In Becoming Americans, explore Charleston’s important role in the American Revolution, from protest to independence.
In City Under Siege, discover how Charlestonians endured the greatest conflict in American history.details
This special exhibit will focus on the creatures that roamed the Lowcountry during the Pleistocene Epoch, commonly referred to as the Ice Age, which spanned from roughly 2.5 million years ago to around 12,000 years ago. Although the Lowcountry was not covered in ice as were other parts of North America, the same types of animals associated with the Ice Age, such as mammoths, mastodon and giant ground sloths, thrived here. The exhibit will explore the diverse forms of life that inhabited the Lowcountry and possible reasons as to why these animals became extinct.
In the Historic Textiles Gallery, the Museum features regularly rotating exhibits from its rich historic textiles and clothing collection, one of the finest in the southeastern United States.
The Charleston Museum has incredible resources. We would like to use these resources to share more with the public. Therefore, the Museum will now be offering a special monthly exhibit, titled Storeroom Stories, which highlights a specific and unique artifact, personally hand-picked by a curator to share with the public.
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, American's First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. Our collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation - about the South Carolina Lowcountry - and the stories that make us who we are.