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

General News

Up Close and Personal: Researching Historic Garments

Gown of ivory taffeta silk, green corduroy velvet silk stripe, green silk fringe, and lace trim The Historic Textiles Gallery has a new exhibit on view now: The Lawn Party: From Satin to Seersucker. In an “unprecedented” era when large gatherings have been discouraged and fashion has trended towards leisurewear,…

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

Sketch of a Revolutionary War mortar by Alfred R. Waud. Image courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection. May 12 is the anniversary of the end of the Siege of Charleston and mortars were used extensively during the siege. A friend of the Museum recently doing research in the Louisiana…

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The Importance of Wetland Habitats

The Dill Sanctuary is a 580-acre wildlife refuge rich in historic features and represents the largest area of privately protected land on James Island. Although not open for daily public visitation, the Museum provides special programs at the site throughout the year. A good portion of the property contains wetland…

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Defying the British: Elizabeth Heyward

Portrait of Judge Thomas Heyward, Jr., husband of Elizabeth Matthews Heyward, by Marguerite C. Miller, 1930 (after John Stolle 1891; original by Jeremiah Theus) As a signer of the Declaration of Independence and member of the militia during the American Revolution, Thomas Heyward Jr.’s dedication to the Patriot cause is…

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A Story from the Archives

Rediscovered on a shelf in the Archives, The Old Plantation, and What I Gathered There in an Autumn Month was written by James Edward Hungerford and published in 1859. Inscribed with the names of its two owners, it was first purchased by Daniel B. Heyward from “The Bluff” on January…

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