America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving and Educating, Part 1

12/17/2022 - 06/04/2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Commemorating two and a half centuries since its founding and spanning nearly 4.6 billion years of history, we are pleased to present America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving, and...

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At the Sign of the Pine Tree: Gunsmithing, Urban Slavery, and Archaeological Legacies at 87 Church Street Lecture with Dr. Sarah Platt

02/02/2023

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For almost 40 years prior to the construction of the Heyward-Washington House in 1771, the property was home to the Milners, a white gunsmithing family, and at least eleven men,...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

02/03/2023

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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Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

02/04/2023

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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Fall in Love with The Charleston Museum: A Special After-Hours Valentine’s Event

02/09/2023

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get struck by cupid’s arrow and fall in love with The Charleston Museum! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special date night, a friends’ night, or treat yourself to a night...

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Conversations with a Curator: Sea Grass Baskets with Curator of Archaeology Martha Zierden and Curator of History Chad Stewart

02/10/2023

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Curator of History, Chad Stewart, and Curator of Historical Archaeology, Martha Zierden, in the Lowcountry History Hall as they discuss sea grass baskets in the collections of The Charleston...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

02/10/2023

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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Valentine Candle Making Workshop with Local Artist Daisy McClellan

02/11/2023

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join local artist Daisy McClellan for a special Valentine's candle making workshop using vintage vessels. McClellan will instruct participants on the history of candle making and how to make candles...

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Homeschool History Day: 250th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit

02/16/2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the first part of our special exhibit highlighting 250 years of The Charleston Museum. Go on a guided tour of our temporary exhibit to see some of the oldest...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

02/17/2023

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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Presidents’ Day: Museum and historic houses OPEN

02/20/2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our historic houses are open on President's Day.   The Charleston Museum: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm Heyward-Washington House:...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

02/24/2023

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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Kid Tours: 250th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit Part 1

03/01/2023

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What do Japanese armor, a bloody battle flag, and a hyena skeleton have in common? Come find out as the Museum celebrates its 250th anniversary. Kid Tours is a series designed...

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Special 250th Early Days Gallery Tour with Chief of Collections Jennifer McCormick

03/02/2023

3:30 pm

Celebrate the Charleston Museum's 250th anniversary with a tour of the Museum’s earliest collections in the Early Days gallery, which reflects the Museum’s long history from its founding before the American Revolution to...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

03/03/2023

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

03/04/2023

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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Exclusive Society Members Tour: America’s First Museum, Making the Cut with Curator of Historic Textiles Virginia Theerman

03/09/2023

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Charleston Museum has over 2.4 million objects in its collection, with only 6,000 on exhibit at the Museum and its historic houses.  In creating the special, commemorative exhibit, America’s First...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

03/10/2023

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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Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Local Artist Kristy Bishop

03/11/2023

10:00 am - 1:00 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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Full STEAM Ahead: Plants

03/11/2023

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Can you shrink a potato just by putting it into water? Why do seeds vary in size and shape? Experiment and design with plants. Learn all about hydroponics and make...

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Homeschool History Day: Natural Disasters

03/16/2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to shake, rattle, and roll as we learn about natural disasters in the Lowcountry! See if you have what it takes to build a structure that can survive...

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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

03/17/2023

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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

03/24/2023

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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Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

03/31/2023

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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Easter: Museum and historic houses CLOSED

04/09/2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charleston Museum and our historic houses are closed on Easter.  We resume regular hours on the Monday, April 10.  The Charleston Museum: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5...

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Eliza Lucas Pinckney Exhibit

05/13/2023 - 07/09/2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

In honor of the Museum’s 250th anniversary, Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s gown will be exhibited in the Loeblein of Charleston Silver Gallery, along with some of her personal items. This c....

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America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving and Educating, Part 2

06/17/2023 - 01/07/2024

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Commemorating two and a half centuries since its founding and spanning nearly 4.6 billion years of history, we are pleased to present America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving, and...

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