Conversations with a Curator: Early Days Gallery with Curator of Historic Archaeology Martha Zierden

Conversations with a Curator: Early Days Gallery with Curator of Historic Archaeology Martha Zierden

The Charleston Museum, founded January 12, 1773, is America’s first museum. Celebrate the Museum’s 249th birthday with a tour of the Museum’s history and its earliest collections. The Early Days gallery reflects the Museum’s long history from its founding before the American Revolution to the late twentieth century. This gallery recreates the Museum in the late 19th century, when the institution served as a “window to the world” for visitors and Charleston residents. The Museum featured antiquities, curiosities, and natural history specimens from around the world, many collected by famous naturalists and explorers. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden in our unique Early Days gallery for the story of the Museum’s institutional history and a closer look at some of its earliest antiquities.

Conversations with a Curator allows visitors a chance to have an in-depth look at an object or exhibit in the Museum galleries, ask questions and spark conversations. The Charleston Museum’s collections are both extraordinary and diverse and each Curator-led talk and tour allows participants to immerse themselves in a different aspect of Charleston’s rich history. Conversations with a Curator and Curator Talks programs are typically held on the second Friday of each month

All Conversations with a Curator programs are open to the public and FREE for Members and FREE with admission. 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.



01/14/2022, 10:30 am


The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

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