***Tropical Storm Ian Update***
The Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House will be closing at 2 pm TODAY (September 29). Last tour of the day at the houses will be at 1:30 pm. Due to the risk of flooding, caused by Tropical Storm Ian, The Charleston Museum and its historic houses will be CLOSED Friday, September 30. We will resume regular hours Saturday, October 1.

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.    

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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.    

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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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

10/07/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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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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Revolutionary War Siege Lines Walking Tour with Director Carl Borick

10/20/2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Carl P. Borick, Director of The Charleston Museum and author of A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780, as he leads a tour to some of the key points related to...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

10/21/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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

10/23/2022

1:00 pm - 4:00 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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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 Lecture

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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

10/28/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

11/04/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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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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USO Tour at the Joseph Manigault House

11/10/2022

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In honor of Veterans Day, 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...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

11/11/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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

11/12/2022

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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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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

11/18/2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will...

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

11/26/2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

May your tidings be festive and joyous! Join European Master Certified florist, Pia Geraghty, as she leads a floral design class at The Charleston Museum!  Participants will have the chance...

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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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Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

12/03/2022

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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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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