Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face coverings when in Charleston County indoor public spaces. Accordingly, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Architecture Designed to Beat the Heat

If you have ever experienced a Charleston summer, you are well aware of how hot and humid it gets in August. It can be hard to imagine how people dealt with these temperatures before there was the escape of air conditioning. The Joseph Manigault House is full of architectural features…

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The Lowcountry in Living Color

Making Historical Photographs Come to Life June 7 – October 31, 2021 | Lowcountry Image Gallery Ready, Set, Go! c. 1925 Old Battery Dairy Dock Morton Brailsford Paine (1883-1940)   Over 90 percent of the photographs housed in the Museum’s Archives are black and white. And while many viewers find…

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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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