Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face coverings when in Charleston County indoor public spaces. Accordingly, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fur & Frost: Carolina Winters on view in the Historic Textiles Gallery

10/02/2021 - 04/03/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore Fur & Frost: Carolina Winters on view in the Historic Textiles Gallery until April 3, 2022. Effective August 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face...

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Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

10/02/2021

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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Kid Tours: Bats

10/06/2021

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

They can see with their ears, they love to eat insects, and they can fly!  What’s not to love about bats.  Come learn about these popular pollinators and create a...

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Conversations with a Curator: Fur & Frost with Curator of Historic Textiles Virginia Theerman

10/08/2021

10:30 am

Charleston may be known for its balmy gentle winters, but sitting by the fireside would not have been quite enough to keep 19th century residents toasty. Join Curator of Historic...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

10/08/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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In Defense of Charleston: A Tour of Batteries Pringle & Tynes with Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick

10/09/2021

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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Homeschool History Day: What is it? Analyzing Artifacts

10/14/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

What can we learn by looking at artifacts?  Study items from the Museum's collection to see if you can figure out their function and learn the importance of material culture. ...

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Lowcountry Ecology Tour with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

10/15/2021

9:00 am - 10:30 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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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

10/15/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Intro to Natural Dyeing Workshop with Kristy Bishop

10/16/2021

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: Pluff Mud Party

10/19/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Say yes to the mess as we let early learners play with mud and use it to create art projects.  Discovery Day is a NEW program designed for young learners...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

10/22/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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

10/23/2021

10:00 am - 12:00 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

10/29/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Last day to view The Lowcountry in Living Color: Making Historical Photographs Come to Life

10/31/2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don't miss the opportunity to explore The Lowcountry in Living Color: Making Historical Photographs Come to Life on view in the Lowcountry Image Gallery. Effective August 2, 2021: Per Charleston...

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A Winter Wonderland in Color: Snow Scenes in Charleston on view in the Lowcountry Image Gallery

11/01/2021 - 03/27/2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore A Winter Wonderland in Color: Snow Scenes in Charleston on view in the Lowcountry Image Gallery until March 27, 2022. Effective August 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons...

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Kid Tours: Projectile Points

11/03/2021

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Some may call them arrowheads, but do we know when a point is found if it belonged to an arrow or something else?  Learn how early Native Americans created points...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

11/05/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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SewLAB: Focus on Fit with Local Designer JennyThreads

11/06/2021

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Do you have clothes in your closet that just don’t fit right? Like Tim Gunn says, let’s “make it work!” Learn to take accurate body measurements to use along with...

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USO Days at the Joseph Maniagult House

11/08/2021 - 11/14/2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Veteran's Day week explore the military history of the Joseph Manigault House during USO Days. Throughout WWII, this site was used as a United Service Organizations (USO) post, Red Cross...

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Curator Talk: Archaeology and Foodways with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden

11/12/2021

10:30 am

Years of zooarchaeological research shows that beef was the dominant meat in the Charleston diet, from the late 17th century through the late 19th century. A large research project, funded...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

11/12/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Family Fun Event: Victory!

11/13/2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create a victory garden, play a food rationing game, and learn more about WWII with activities for the whole family.  Enjoy games in the garden and special tours of the...

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Homeschool History Day: Native American Know-How

11/18/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore the lives of South Carolina’s earliest inhabitants by comparing the daily activities of Native American men, women, and children to your daily life. Learn how people used the environment...

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Exclusive Storeroom Tour: Early Museum Collections with Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick

11/18/2021

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the storeroom. McCormick will focus on the Museum's early collections, including Egyptian artifacts, ancient Greece antiquities, early textile pieces, and Manigault...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

11/19/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Discovery Day: Treemendous Fun

11/23/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

You don't like the outdoors? Unbe-leaf-able. Get outside and explores trees, leaves, and bark while participating in fun craft projects.  Discovery Day is a NEW program designed for young learners...

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Thanksgiving Day: Museum and historic houses CLOSED

11/25/2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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Holiday Workshop

12/01/2021

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Deck the halls at the Charleston Museum with our annual Holiday Workshop.  Children can sip on hot chocolate and eat yummy cookies as they decorate the little Heyward-Washington House in...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

12/03/2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Garden Club of Charleston Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House

12/04/2021 - 12/27/2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Annually, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this impressive house as a backdrop for their creative holiday arrangements, using only plant material that would have been available in the Lowcountry...

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Holiday Open House at the Manigault House

12/04/2021

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Kick-off your festive season on Saturday, December 4th at the Holiday Open House! Every year the Garden Club of Charleston transforms the Joseph Manigault House with beautiful decorations for the...

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Conversations with a Curator: Ice Age with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

12/10/2021

10:30 am

Approximately 2.6 million years ago was the start of the best known and most recent global glacial event: the Great Ice Age. During this time, glaciers kept water frozen, resulting...

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Holiday Candle Making Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

12/12/2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 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 end....

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Homeschool History Day: Snow Science

12/16/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

We don't see snow very often here in Charleston, so let's make some in the lab. Use chemistry to create crystals and enjoy a tour of our latest exhibit in...

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Christmas Eve: Museum and historic houses close at 1:30 pm

12/24/2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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Christmas Day: Museum and historic houses CLOSED

12/25/2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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New Year’s Day: Museum and historic houses OPEN

01/01/2022

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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