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Storeroom Stories: Entomology

Entomology is the study of insects. Insect collections, like the collections housed here at The Charleston Museum, are vital to understanding the vast diversity of insects that inhabit our planet. Insects, and other arthropods like spiders and crustaceans, make up a large portion of Kingdom Animalia. In fact, the phylum…

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Bringing Them Back to Life: The History of Collecting

Observation and description of local flora and fauna had been an interest of many wealthy Europeans who collected and studied organisms as a hobby and in the interest of general knowledge. Their contributions became the hallmarks of early museums, irreplaceable institutions where anyone could learn about discoveries from around the…

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Manners Most Morbid

Strolling the Lowcountry’s funerary art collection held within its vast cemeteries and graveyards is oftentimes a consuming experience that has been described over the years as everything from “morose,” to “elegant,” “tragic,” to “whimsical,” and above all “incredibly beautiful.” Of course, whatever the thoughts on the marker or its accompanying…

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Bringing them Back to Life: Megalodon and Sharks of the Lowcountry

Bringing Them Back to Life is a blog series from The Charleston Museum that provides updates and plans for our Natural History Gallery renovations. The geologic history of the Lowcountry is tied to the Atlantic ocean. Just as the ocean has shaped the coast, it has shaped the lifestyles of…

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Black and White: Plantation Scenes of South Carolina

Oak Allée at The Oaks Plantation, 1903   On exhibit now, Black and White features photographs that captured the plantation scenes of South Carolina after the Civil War.  Once a major revenue source for the region’s wealthy elite, both rice and Sea Island cotton were grown and harvested with the…

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