Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 10, 2022: Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and helping our community to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

General News

The Heyward-Washington House: 250 Years Old

  The Charleston Museum will commemorate two major anniversaries over the next two years. January 12, 2023 will mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the museum that would ultimately become The Charleston Museum. This year, we will observe 250 years since the completion of the Heyward-Washington House. Constructed…

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2021: A Year in Review

Season’s greetings to all our Museum friends! On behalf of The Charleston Museum Board of Trustees and staff, I wish you a joyous and healthy holiday season and a bright 2022. This year has been a year of transition for the Museum as we have dealt with the waxing and…

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Pottery, Archaeology & the Catawba Nation

The Catawba Nation in present-day Rock Hill is South Carolina’s only federally recognized tribe. Today, Catawba artisans are nationally recognized for their skill in producing highly burnished pottery, described by ethnohistorian Thomas Blumer as “a cultural treasure of tremendous worth.” The Museum’s collection features artisan vessels and archaeological fragments. During…

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The Mummy of The Charleston Museum

For many years, mummies have evoked a sense of the macabre. Illustrated as lumbering, linen-wrapped figures stumbling toward its victim with outreached arms, they have become a symbol for monsters in horror movies and gothic fiction. However, mummification for ancient Egyptians, was a respected and honored tradition that lasted for…

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Evidence for Cattle Breeds in Colonial Charleston

Some visually unassuming, but very important, artifacts have returned to The Charleston Museum after years as research specimens at the University of Georgia. A fortuitous discovery in 1990 during renovation of the South Carolina Railroad buildings for the Charleston Visitor Reception and Transportation Center (VRTC) across the street from the…

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