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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General News

Education at the Dill Sanctuary

The Charleston Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, 580-acres on James Island, is a treasure. The property contains Civil War fortifications, beautiful oak trees and the sounds of young osprey. To this Educator, the Dill Sanctuary represents the past and future colliding, and the opportunities for education are endless. The Museum’s Education Department…

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2019 New Accessions

Cash box and key, Donated by Mary and George Hlavaty. 2019 Accessions List: Mid-19th century silver cream pitcher, marked by Charleston silversmith John Ewan. Donated by Margaret Pringle Schachte.  Brick from the Echaw Church Cemetery of St. James Santee Parish in the Francis Marion Forest. Donated by the Huguenot Society…

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A Word from our Director, Carl Borick

A very Happy New Year to all the Museum’s supporters! Whether you are a member, donor, volunteer, an attendee of our programs or a general advocate, we greatly appreciate what you do for America’s First Museum. As we launch into 2020, I want to take a look back at the…

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A Bottle of Old Quaker for Posterity

In its headline, with one-inch-tall letters, The News and Courier declared “Prohibition Dead” on December 6, 1933. However, it was not as if locals here were high and dry one day, then popping champagne corks the next. Despite the thirty-six states who ratified the 21st Amendment, South Carolina wasn’t one…

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Seafaring Mascots & Four Legged Friends

Unnamed terrier gets a pet from a sailor aboard the USS Orion (AS-18) in Guantanamo Bay, 1947. Animals have long been used for practical military service. Horses, camels, and elephants have hauled soldiers, supplies, and weapons. Pigeons have carried messages, while dogs guarded troops and tracked enemies. Many have also…

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