Current Exhibit

Piece by Piece: Geometric Quilts

Opens October 20, 2017

Patchwork or pieced quilts consist of geometric shapes sewn together to form a larger pattern. The quilts in this exhibition display a myriad of designs created from a few distinct shapes. Squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, hexagons and curved shapes are transformed into intricate and delightful patterns.

One of the joys of quilting comes from arranging colorful bits of fabric into patterns. Add a touch of geometry and these bits are elevated into stunning works of art. The abundance and variety of fabrics available helped to popularize the pieced quilt in the 19th and 20th centuries. During difficult times, such as the Civil War, World I and II, and the Great Depression, quilt making was a great way to recycle fabric scraps into practical, but beautiful, utilitarian items.

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Current Exhibit

To the Bone: Charleston Foodways revealed through Archaeology

OCTOBER 4, 2017
LOCATION: LOBBY GALLERY

To the Bone explores the procurement, preparation, and serving of foods in Charleston from the 17th century arrival of European settlers and enslaved Africans through the early 20th century. This retrospective on animal husbandry practices and wild resource utilization is based on three decades (and counting) of archaeological research by The Charleston Museum. The exhibit features analyzed archaeological specimens with food-related artifacts from the Museum’s archaeology, history, archives, and natural history collections.

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Current Exhibit

Forces of Nature: Charleston in the Aftermath

April 3, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Location: Lowcountry Image Gallery

Many meteorological and geological forces of nature have impacted Charleston and the surrounding coastal areas over the years. Beginning with the Cyclone of 1885, the featured images will journey through the Earthquake of 1886, the deadly tornadoes of 1938 and the many storms and hurricanes, unnamed and named, that have pounded our coastline, ending with Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

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Current Exhibit

Storeroom Stories

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.

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