COVID-19 Protocols and Social Responsibility

The Charleston Museum is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our members, visitors, and staff. Below are protocols the Museum has implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what visitors can do to help keep the Museum and our historic houses safe for everyone. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

For Our Visitors

  • 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.
  • Visitors are asked to limit elevator use to their immediate party.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check their temperature before visiting one of the Museum’s sites.
  • Visitors are required to keep personal items with them at all times as the coat check will be unavailable at the Museum.
  • Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing while in the Museum’s galleries and at the historic houses.
  • Last tour of the day at the historic houses begins at 4 PM.

How the Museum is keeping you safe

  • Museum staff have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures at the Museum and historic houses, consistent with DHEC, OSHA, and CDC guidelines, with hourly cleaning of frequently touched areas.
  • Because of the many touchable components within them, Kidstory and the Bunting Classroom will be temporarily closed, for the safety of you and your children.
  • The Historic Textiles Gallery try-on clothing station, Bunting Natural History Gallery iPads, and study drawers will be temporarily unavailable.
  • The coat check will be temporarily unavailable, and visitors will be required to keep personal items with them at all times.
  • Plexiglas sneeze guards have been installed at the Visitor Services Desk.
  • Touchless credit card transactions (visitors will receive a ticket for multi-site tickets) are in place at the Museum and historic houses.
  • Signage to promote social distancing and handwashing have been installed throughout the Museum.
  • Tours at the historic houses will be provided on the hour so that the staff have more time to sanitize the house (the last tour beginning at 4 pm).
  • Staff will be wearing face shields or masks when working in close proximity to visitors or other staff.
  • Staff are required to check their temperature before coming to work.



The Charleston Museum received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Acr economic stabilization plan.

We are so grateful to South Carolina Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for this assistance.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating to non-profits across our state and this grant helps us to continue to accomplish our mission of educating and preserving during this difficult time.  With the Museum reopening to the public on May 27, we hope to have taken a step forward in this long recovery process.