Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE August 1, 2022: The Museum follows CDC guidelines with respect to mask wearing. Charleston County's Covid-19 community level is currently listed as high. Per CDC recommendations, masks are encouraged while visiting Museum sites.

Charleston in Sports: A Photographic History, 1890s-1960s

03/28/2022 - 12/18/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore Charleston in Sports: A Photographic History, 1890s-1960s on view in the Lowcountry Image Gallery until December 18, 2022. EFFECTIVE August 1, 2022:  The Museum follows CDC guidelines with respect to...

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Chintz: A Quilted History

04/02/2022 - 12/04/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don't miss the opportunity to explore Chintz: A Quilted History on view in the Lowcountry Image Gallery. EFFECTIVE August 1, 2022:  The Museum follows CDC guidelines with respect to mask wearing. ...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/19/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Exclusive Archaeology Tour: The Heyward-Washington House with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden and Dr. Sarah Platt of the College of Charleston

08/24/2022

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum’s Heyward-Washington House, built in 1772, is 250 years old. However, archaeological excavations at the property tell a much longer and varied tale, with evidence of two 18th century...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/26/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Punch Needle Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

08/27/2022

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn the art of punch needle with local artist Daisy McClellan. While this traditional embroidery technique has been around for centuries, it has recently come back in a big and...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/02/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Labor Day: Museum and Historic Houses OPEN

09/05/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our Historic Houses are open regular hours on Labor Day. Come enjoy your holiday weekend with us! The Charleston Museum: 9 am to 5 pm Heyward-Washington...

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Kid Tours: At the Beach

09/07/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What is a mermaid's purse? Where does sand come from? Do sharks have dentists? Learn about all the weird and wonderful things you may find on the beach! Make your...

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Conversations with a Curator: Parrots with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/09/2022

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson for a close up look at parrots from the Museum’s ornithology collection. Learn about the interesting biology of these beautiful animals and what...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/09/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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In Defense of Charleston: A Tour of Batteries Pringle & Tynes with Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick

09/10/2022

9:30 am - 11:00 am

In 1863 the Confederate earthworks, Batteries Pringle and Tynes, were constructed by enslaved people and soldiers to serve as part of General P.G.T. Beauregard's "New Lines."  Hurriedly constructed, both served...

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Fall Wreath Design Workshop with Local Floral Designer & Master Certified Florist Pia Geraghty

09/10/2022

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Pia Geraghty, European Master Certified florist, as she leads a floral design class at The Charleston Museum!  Participants will have the chance to craft a beautiful fall wreath with...

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Homeschool History Day: Ancient Egypt

09/15/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Travel back to Ancient Egypt to learn about daily life along the Nile River. Discover the steps of the mummification process, handle ancient artifacts, and dress like an Egyptian! Homeschool...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/16/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Local Artist Kristy Bishop

09/17/2022

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join local artist Kristy Bishop as she leads an introductory workshop on dyeing with indigo at the Dill Sanctuary!  Participants will have the chance to learn about the history of...

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Lowcountry Ecology Tour with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/17/2022

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Natural History Curator Matthew Gibson on a nature walk through The Charleston Museum's Dill Sanctuary, where you will get an in-depth look at the ecological diversity of the Lowcountry....

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A Legacy in Silk: Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s Gown Lecture with Curator of Historic Textiles Virginia Theerman

09/22/2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Curator of Historic Textiles, Virginia Theerman, as we kick off the Charleston Museum’s 2022 fall lecture series.  Theerman will be speaking about one of the treasures of the Museum’s...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/23/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Intro to Natural Dyeing Workshop with Kristy Bishop

09/24/2022

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Charleston fiber artist, Kristy Bishop will lead workshop participants through the exciting world of natural dyes. We are surrounded by plants that may seem ordinary, but with some knowledge they...

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Discovery Day: Unbe-LEAF-able

09/27/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Go on a nature walk to collect leaves, create leaf rubbings, make animals with leaves, and paint leaves to make a stamp....

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/30/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he...

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Screen Printing Clay Resist & Indigo Workshop with Local Artist Kristy Bishop

10/01/2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In this workshop participants will learn how to combine screen printing using a clay paste and indigo. Charleston fiber artist Kristy Bishop will demo how to make the clay paste,...

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Kid Tours: Skeletons

10/05/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Did you know that humans have the same number of vertebrae as a giraffe? Or that sharks have no bones at all? Come see what lies underneath fur, skin, scales,...

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Community Day at the Dill Sanctuary

10/08/2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come experience the largest area of privately protected land on James Island, The Charleston Museum’s Dill Sanctuary! On October 8, the Museum invites the community to tour this precious landscape...

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The Charleston Museum: America’s First Museum Book Launch

10/13/2022

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1773, The Charleston Museum is pleased to announce the release of a special commemorative volume, published by the University of...

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Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

10/15/2022

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join local artisan Sarah Edwards-Hammond for in-depth instruction on sweetgrass basketry which has been an integral part of the Lowcountry’s Gullah Geechee community since the 17th century. Edwards-Hammond comes from...

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Homeschool History Day: Bones, Dirt, and Pottery

10/20/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Become an archaeologist for the day! Examine potsherds, glassware, bone, and metal to unlock the secrets of Charleston's past. This program will cover different types of archaeology as well as...

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Discovery Day: Pumpkin Party

10/25/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Let's give them pumpkin to do! Little learners will paint mini pumpkins, make pumpkin sand art necklaces, practice motor skill weaving on a pumpkin mat, and go for a nature...

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Travel Candle Making Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

10/25/2022

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join local artist Daisy McClellan for a relaxing Travel Candle Making Workshop developed for visitors and locals alike. In this class, you will learn how to make your very own...

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The Work of Dr. Gabriel Manigault: An Intersection of Science, History, and Art

10/27/2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Curator of Natural History, Matthew Gibson, as we continue The Charleston Museum's 2022 fall lecture series by taking an in depth look at the scientific pursuits of Dr. Gabriel...

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Halloween Party: Trick or Treat at the Museum

10/28/2022

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mummies, skeletons, bats, oh my! Kick off your Halloween celebrations with The Charleston Museum. Wear your eerie-sistible costumes and trick or treat through the Museum while learning about the spooky...

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Nature’s Pigments & Paint Making with Local Artist Kristy Bishop

10/29/2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In this workshop participants will learn how to turn liquid natural dyes into their very own set of watercolors. Local artist Kristy Bishop will demonstrate the process of extracting color from...

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Kid Tours: Spies

11/02/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Write a message in secret ink and try to decipher a coded letter! Learn about spies during the Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II.  Kid Tours meet the...

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Joshua Lockwood: Revolutionary Clockmaker of Charles Town with Curator of History Chad Stewart

11/08/2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Curator of History, Chad Stewart, for the final installment of The Charleston Museum's 2022 fall lecture series to explore the life and career of Charleston's most prominent colonial period clockmaker,...

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Family Fun: USO

11/12/2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Veteran’s Day weekend, experience the Joseph Manigault House as it was while it served as a USO post during World War II.  The house became a place for enlisted...

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Homeschool History Day: Native American Knowledge

11/17/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Students will be immersed in the daily life of South Carolina’s first inhabitants by examining the daily activities of Native American men, women, and children. Learn their methods of survival...

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Discovery Day: Terrific Turkeys

11/22/2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

It’s turkey time! Turkeys are one of the many animals that call the Dill Sanctuary home. Learn all about these feathered friends and make your turkey art to take home....

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Thanksgiving Day: Museum and Historic Houses CLOSED

11/24/2022 - 11/25/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our historic houses are closed Thanksgiving Day, so that staff may enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  We resume regular hours on the Friday, November...

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Museum Store Members Holiday Sale

12/02/2022 - 12/15/2022

All Day

Beginning Friday, December 2, Charleston Museum Members will receive 30% OFF merchandise and 25% OFF publications in both the Museum and Heyward-Washington House Museum Stores.  The Members’ Holiday Sale ends...

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Holiday Candle Making Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

12/10/2022

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join local artist Daisy McClellan at The Charleston Museum for a relaxing Holiday Candle Making Workshop with vintage vessels. Learn how to make your very own candles from beginning to...

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Christmas Eve: Museum and Historic Houses close at 1:30 pm

12/24/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our historic houses will close at 1:30 pm on Christmas Eve, so that staff may enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Last Tour at the...

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Christmas Day: Museum and Historic Houses CLOSED

12/25/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our historic houses are closed on Christmas Day, so that staff may enjoy the holiday with family and friends. We resume regular hours on the Monday,...

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New Year’s Day: Museum and Historic Houses OPEN

01/01/2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our Historic Houses are open on New Year's Day.  Start your new year off with America's first museum! The Charleston Museum: Monday through Saturday 9 am...

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