The Charleston Museum is pleased to offer Kidstory, an exciting, new hands-on exhibit that teaches children of all ages the rich cultural and natural history of Charleston and the Lowcountry. Underscoring the Museum's commitment to children and families, Kidstory consists of museum-quality exhibition intended for children, and makes history come alive for youngsters. Interactive components and wall-length murals of the Museum's Dill Sanctuary and Heyward-Washington House, as well as other notable Charleston scenes, captivate children of all ages. This family fun exhibit promises to spark their love of history for many years to come.
Come hear some of the tall tales of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Lowcountry Stories will feature an interactive storytelling station with video clips of local storytellers telling tales of Charleston, Gullah people, Native Americans, and more. Special programs involving local storytellers will also be held in this section.
Meet Rosa, our contemporary girl who lives on Johns Island and loves to visit the Angel Oak and surf at Folly Beach. Join Rosa as she tells visitors about live oak trees, Spanish moss, and the marsh. Observe the wonderful things Rosa collected on walks at the Dill Sanctuary and Folly Beach, and use the large screen microscope to view pluff mud and plankton. Identify animals that make the Lowcountry home by their tracks, burrows, bird calls, and scat.
It is 1880, and James lives with his family at the newly rebuilt Morris Island Lighthouse, where his father is the lighthouse keeper. James is fascinated by the stories his father tells him of the history of the lighthouse. You can learn these stories and help James turn on the light to guide ships into Charleston's harbor.
Robert is a young slave boy living in Charleston in 1800. He hauls crates and barrels on and off ships. Rummage through the crates and barrels to see what was coming and going through the port of Charleston. Discover the crops that generated the region's great wealth and the slaves who helped create that wealth. Understand how the slaves arrived here and the knowledge they brought with them. Find out about the pirates that once terrorized the South Carolina coast. Children can raise the "jolly roger" of their favorite pirate up the mainmast of the wharf area.
Step through the door of The Charleston Museum's Heyward Washington House and experience the life of a child in colonial Charleston. Betsy, whose portrait hangs at the Heyward-Washington house today, tells you about life without toy stores, video games and television. Go through toy chests and play with toys like Betsy had. Listen to Mozart as you have a make-believe tea party by the fireplace and try on reproduction 18th century clothing.
This section features rotating exhibits relating to lives of children. The first mini-exhibit will highlight items in our toys and games collection. Later, look for exhibits on the daily life of a young girl during the Civil War, a Victorian Christmas, and more.Make a contribution to Kidstory