Covid-19 Update

Tours at our historic houses are on the hour beginning at 10 am Monday through Saturday, and 12 pm on Sunday. Last tour of the day begins at 4:30 pm.
Per CDC recommendations, masks are encouraged if you have not been fully vaccinated while visiting The Charleston Museum and our historic houses. Thank you for helping our community slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn More

Charleston's Story Starts Here

360 Meeting Street
Downtown Charleston

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. Our collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation - about the South Carolina Lowcountry - and the stories that make us who we are.

Our Historic Houses

HISTORIC HOUSES

Joseph Manigault House

One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures, the Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there.

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HISTORIC HOUSES

Heyward-Washington House

Built in 1772, this Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. The property features the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in Charleston as well as formal gardens featuring plants commonly used in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the late 18th century.

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Up Close and Personal: Researching Historic Garments

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“Like Meteors Crossing Each Other and Bursting in the Air”

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The Importance of Wetland Habitats

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Defying the British: Elizabeth Heyward

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