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

The Early Days: A Photographic History of America’s First Museum

November 13, 2107 - May 14, 2018

After The Charleston Museum’s founding in 1773 by the Charleston Library Society, it was subsequently overseen by a variety of local organizations. In 1907, Charleston’s city council offered the newly built Thomson Auditorium on Rutledge Avenue to house the growing institution.

By the 1970s, the grand building that housed the Museum had fallen into serious disrepair. With the welfare of the collections threatened, the collections were moved to a new location at 360 Meeting Street where it continues today to educate the people of our community and visitors from around the world. The Early Days allows visitors to look back on the dedication and devotion given to America's First Museum over the years.

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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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