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In the Bunting Natural History Gallery, experience an extraordinary presentation of fossils, specimens, bird and animal mounts, and geologic examples, which together tell the story of Lowcountry natural history. Learn about the diverse array of creatures that once called this area home and the remarkable changes that have taken place in its landscape over hundreds of millions of years.
Exhibit highlights: Mounted skeletons of Pelagornis, the world’s largest known flying bird, and other prehistoric animals such as an 18-foot long crocodile and a 13-foot tall giant ground sloth. Fossil invertebrates and plant species that are nearly 300 million years old and extensive fossil examples from the Ice Age. Cast of jaws from a giant Megalodon, an extinct 40-foot long shark that once roamed South Carolina coastal waters. Mounts of extinct bird species such as the Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Passenger Pigeon and a wide variety of modern birds that still inhabit the area.buy tickets details
In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials related to the Native Americans who first inhabited the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the colonists and enslaved African Americans who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
Exhibit highlights: The Walled City. 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.buy tickets 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.
Exhibit highlights: 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.buy tickets details
In Becoming Americans, explore Charleston’s important role in the American Revolution, from protest to independence.
Exhibit highlights: Francis Marion personal items. Artifacts related to British and American Revolutionary War soldiers, including a rare cartridge box. George Washington inaugural button.buy tickets details
In City Under Siege, discover how Charlestonians endured the greatest conflict in American history.
Exhibit highlights: 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.buy tickets details
In the Early Days gallery, see exotic collections from around the world, representative of the Museum’s nineteenth century cosmopolitan collecting focus.
Exhibit highlights: An Egyptian mummy and 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.buy tickets details
The Charleston Museum is pleased to present Kidstory, a fun and exciting, hands-on exhibit for children, where the fascinating history of Charleston and the Lowcountry comes alive.
Exhibit highlights: Interactive displays, designed specifically for children, will capture their interest and spark a love of history for years to come. Examine creatures under a microscope, hear stories of the Lowcountry, illuminate a lighthouse, raise a pirate flag, play in a “kid-sized” historic mansion, learn and have fun! It is all part of Kidstory.buy tickets details
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.
Exhibit highlights: 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.buy tickets details