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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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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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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