Lowcountry History Hall
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.
- The Walled City (click for more info)
- Some of the earliest known artifacts related to the settlement of Charleston
- Rare slave badges, which allowed African American slaves to be hired out as laborers
- “Dave” jars and other Edgefield pottery, produced by African American slaves
- Tools used in rice cultivation and other plantation artifacts
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.
- Revolutionary War and Civil War era swords
- A variety of flintlock, percussion and repeating pistols, muskets and rifles
- Weaponry and equipment from World War I and II
In Becoming Americans, explore Charleston’s important role in the American Revolution, from protest to independence.
- Francis Marion personal items
- Artifacts related to British and American Revolutionary War soldiers, including a rare cartridge box
- George Washington inaugural button
Civil War – City Under Siege
In City Under Siege, discover how Charlestonians endured the greatest conflict in American history.
- Table and chairs used at the signing of the Ordinance of Secession
- Pike from John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry
- Artillery shells fired into and around Charleston
- Civil War swords, pistols and rifles
- Uniform of a soldier killed at the Battle of Secessionville, fought near Charleston
- Soldier and civilian personal effects, including the prosthetic arm of Colonel Peter Gaillard who was badly wounded defending Battery Wagner.
- The Civil War in Charleston Gallery Guide (new)
In the Natural History gallery you will see an extraordinary array of birds, reptiles and mammals that have called the South Carolina Lowcountry home since prehistory, including contributions from noted naturalists such as John James Audubon, Andre Michaux, Mark Catesby and the Reverend John Bachman.
- Mounted skeletons of prehistoric animals such as an 18-foot long crocodile, a primitive toothed whale, and the second largest known flying bird, all from 28-million-year-old marine beds near Charleston
- Mounts of extinct species such as the Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Passenger Pigeon and a wide variety of modern birds
- Cretaceous plant-eating dinosaur, Thescelosaurus neglectus
“The Early Days”
In The Charleston Museum: The Early Days gallery, see exotic collections from around the world, representative of the Museum’s nineteenth century cosmopolitan collecting focus.
- Egyptian mummy
- Mummy case
- Greek and Roman artifacts
- Jarred biological specimens preserved in rum
- Plaster cast of the monumental statue of Pharaoh Rameses II
- Dinosaur tracks
- Animal specimens and skeletons from around the world including a two-headed snake, Indian python, anteater and spiny echidna
Kidstory is a fun, hands-on exhibit where children of all ages can explore the rich cultural and natural history of Charleston and the Lowcountry.
Learn more about Kidstory
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.
Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum
In the Loeblein Gallery of Charleston Silver discover the impressive work of the South’s finest craftsmen and women, from the colonial era through the Victorian Age.
- George Washington’s christening cup
- Strawberry Chapel communion service buried during the Civil War to prevent its falling into enemy hands
- Charles Cotesworth Pinckney’s Revolutionary War gorget
- Historic snuff boxes
- Charleston Silver Gallery Guide
Learn more about Charleston Silver