Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update


The Charleston Museum, Heyward-Washington House & the Joseph Manigault House are OPEN.

Tours at the Historic Houses begin on the hour starting at 10 AM and ending at 4 PM.
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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Category: General News

General News

Heyward-Washington House Archaeology, Governor Francis Nicholson, and the Power of Social Media

Archaeology at the Heyward-Washington house in the 1970s, and again in 2002, produced an artifact assemblage unparalleled in size and diversity. The remarkable materials span nearly three centuries, and provide details on the many people who lived and worked on the property before, during, and after Thomas Heyward’s Jr. ownership…

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The Museum’s New Bunting Natural History Gallery: A Return to Our Roots

By Carl P. Borick, Director The Board of Trustees and staff of the Charleston Museum are excited to announce the opening of the Bunting Natural History Gallery on September 23.  In development and planning for over 2 ½ years, this is one of the most significant exhibition achievements at the…

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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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