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

  • Per CDC recommendations, masks are encouraged if you have not been fully vaccinated 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.
  • The Historic Textiles Gallery try-on clothing station and Bunting Natural History Gallery iPads will be temporarily unavailable.
  • 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 on the hour so that the staff have more time to sanitize the house (the last tour beginning at 4 pm).


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.