Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update


The Charleston Museum, Heyward-Washington House & the Joseph Manigault House are OPEN.
Last tour of the day at the historic houses begins at 4 PM.


EFFECTIVE JULY 1: Per Charleston City Council ordinance all persons are required to wear face coverings when entering buildings open to the public within the City limits.
Masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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General News

Storeroom Stories: A Lacy Thank You

– Jan Hiester, Historic Textiles Curator The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, but it was not until 1906 that the American Association of Museums was organized to develop standards and practices for museums. Since that first year, an annual meeting has been held to gather and share knowledge among…

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Forces of Nature: Charleston in the Aftermath

Many meteorological and geological forces of nature have impacted Charleston and the surrounding coastal areas over the years.  Luckily, a handful of photographers braved these forces of nature to chronicle the aftermath. Hurricane Force The cyclone of 1885 hit Charleston in late August with estimated winds of 125 miles per…

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Storeroom Stories: Butterfly Life Cycle

All butterflies begin their life as an egg. Adult butterflies often lay many eggs beneath leaves on a tree or shrub. When the caterpillars hatch, they will being to eat the leaves they were born on. As the caterpillars grow, they will often molt, or shed, their skin. Caterpillars grow…

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Thomas Heyward Jr.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Heyward-Washington House. This Georgian double house located at 87 Church Street is one of the two historic house museums owned by The Charleston Museum.  It was the home of Thomas Heyward…

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Storeroom Stories: Peruvian Textiles

A testament to the impressive breath of The Charleston Museum’s collections, this month’s Storeroom Story exhibit features textile remnants from four (4) pre-contact indigenous cultures of Peru, the Paracas, Nazca, and Lima cultures, as well as from the proto-colonial era Inca Empire which received Spanish incursion in the 1530s. Often…

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