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.

The Charleston Museum Summer Camp

08/02/2021 - 08/06/2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Travel back in time to learn about creatures, customs, and cultures throughout history. Campers ages 6 - 11 are invited to explore the collections of The Charleston Museum to learn...

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STEAM Explorers with Lowcountry Gifted Minds Camp (Ages 6 – 11)

08/02/2021 - 08/06/2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This camp is full of surprises with a taste of STEAM lessons. Learn about physical and chemical reactions with cool experiments. Program a robot to follow an obstacle course. Make...

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Kid Tours: Let’s Sketch

08/04/2021

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Do you have a sketchbook?  What do you put in it?  Explore sketchbooks in our collection that include nature notes, watercolors, drawings, and more.  Kids will create a homemade sketchbook....

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/06/2021

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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The Charleston Museum Summer Camp

08/09/2021 - 08/13/2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Travel back in time to learn about creatures, customs, and cultures throughout history. Campers ages 6 - 11 are invited to explore the collections of The Charleston Museum to learn...

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STEAM Explorers with Lowcountry Gifted Minds Camp (Ages 6 – 11)

08/09/2021 - 08/13/2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This camp is full of surprises with a taste of STEAM lessons. Learn about physical and chemical reactions with cool experiments. Program a robot to follow an obstacle course. Make...

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Curator Talk: Archaeology at the Heyward-Washington House with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden

08/13/2021

10:30 am

The Museum’s Heyward-Washington House was built in 1772, where furnishing and interpretation focus primarily on the period of ownership by Thomas Heyward, Jr., as well as the events surrounding the...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/13/2021

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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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/20/2021

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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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

08/27/2021

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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Vintage Lighting Tour with Assistant Curator of History Neil Nohrden and Candle Making Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

08/28/2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Assistant Curator of History, Neil Nohrden for a brief tour of samples from the Museum's historic lighting collection, showcasing early fat burning lamps to the Edison light bulb. Following...

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Kid Tours: Carolina Gold

09/01/2021

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Rice is a very labor intensive crop that was once grown in the Lowcountry by enslaved labor. Learn the different steps that were involved in growing this cash crop and...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/03/2021

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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Labor Day: Museum and historic houses OPEN

09/06/2021

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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Curator Talk: The Lowcountry in Living Color with Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick

09/10/2021

10:30 am

Over 90 percent of the photographs housed in the Museum’s Archives are black and white. And while many viewers find them historically charming, others find it difficult to see particular...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/10/2021

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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Homeschool History Day: Fossil Frenzy

09/16/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

What is a fossil? What can it tell us about life in the Lowcountry before Charleston? Study fossils from the Museum's collection to learn the answers to these questions and...

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Exclusive Storeroom Tour: Accessories Through Time with Curator of Historic Textiles Virginia Theerman

09/16/2021

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Curator of Historic Textiles Virginia Theerman, for an exclusive in depth tour of the Museum’s accessories collection, focusing on shoes, purses, and fans, among other items. Theerman will discuss...

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/17/2021

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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Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Kristy Bishop

09/18/2021

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dyeing with an indigo fructose vat using Shibori techniques with Kristy Bishop Join local artist Kristy Bishop as she leads an introductory workshop on dyeing with indigo at the Dill...

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Last day to view The Lawn Party: From Satin to Seersucker

09/19/2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don't miss the opportunity to explore The Lawn Party: From Satin to Seersucker on view in the Historic Textile Gallery.

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Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

09/24/2021

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: Nature Hunt

09/28/2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Get your hands dirty at the Dill Sanctuary while going on a scavenger hunt and exploring the Museum's wildlife refuge on James Island! Discovery Day is a NEW program designed for...

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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