Current Exhibit

Piece by Piece: Quilts Inspired by Nature

March 17 – August 2017
Location: Historic Textile Gallery

Beginning in March 2017, The Charleston Museum’s Textile Gallery will present a unique display of themed historic quilts from its extensive quilt collection. First on display will be Piece by Piece: Quilts Inspired by Nature, consisting of beautiful handworked quilts from the early 19th century to the late 20th century in which the makers expressed their appreciation of the natural world through the intricate botanical designs adorned on these pieces.

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Current Exhibit

Feathers & Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina

February 15 – May 8

“They frequent the lower parts of Rivers in Carolina” was about all Mark Catesby could say about “the little brown duck” that got away from him whilst compiling notes for his eighteenth century masterwork detailing the region’s wildlife. Of course, the bird’s speed and elusiveness came as no surprise to the countless duck hunters and birdwatchers that followed.

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Current Exhibit

Snow Days in Charleston: The Great Blizzard of 1899

December 1, 2016 - April 2, 2017
Location: Lowcountry Image Gallery

The photographs you see in Snow Days in Charleston feature images from the “Great Blizzard of 1899.” For two weeks in February, a massive snow storm swept across the United States. Also referred to as the “Great Arctic Outbreak of 1899,” this storm of snow and ice brought bone-chilling cold from the Arctic that lasted from February 6 - 14. With an estimated one hundred lives lost nationwide, the blizzard also destroyed countless crops and livestock across the country. Charleston experienced a mixture of snow and sleet February 11 - 12 with reported temperatures of 7°F and four inches of snow. Undaunted by the weather, amateur photographers Robert Achurch, Franklin Frost Sams, Leila Waring and Sabina Elliott Wells, trudged through the drifts with their heavy cameras to capture this extraordinary snowfall on the peninsula.

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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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