Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update


The Charleston Museum, Heyward-Washington House & the Joseph Manigault House are OPEN.

Tours at the Historic Houses begin on the hour starting at 10 AM and ending at 4 PM.
Last tour of the day at the Historic Houses begins at 4 PM.


EFFECTIVE JULY 1: Per Charleston City Council ordinance all persons are required to wear face coverings when entering buildings open to the public within the City limits.
Masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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2017 Acquisitions

This year some fascinating items were generously donated to our collection! We are most grateful to the individuals and families who have helped to strengthen the Museum’s collections in making these gifts. Here’s a glimpse at what came in this year: Mid-19th century silk shawl believed to be worn by Frances…

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2017 Joseph Manigault House Holiday Decorations

The Joseph Manigault House is ready for the holidays!  The Garden Club of Charleston has worked its magic, giving the house a festive air with the use of greenery, floral arrangements, and bells.  The arrangements were all created to reflect this year’s theme,”Bells and Blooms.”  The theme was inspired by the 1863 poem, Christmas Bells, by Henry…

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Storeroom Stories: Christmas Day

Children’s mugs and plates, made in pearlware, creamware, whiteware, and canary ware, are occasionally recovered from archaeological features in Charleston. The artifacts were made and discarded between 1800 and 1840, the time when marketing to children began. Small cups featured underglaze decoration, or enameling over a clear lead glaze, emblazoned…

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Battle of Dills Bluff

On November 11, Director Carl Borick was one of the speakers for the dedication of South Carolina’s latest state historic marker, commemorating the Battle of Dills Bluff, the last battle of the Revolutionary War. The marker, located on Dills Bluff Road on James Island, was placed in the approximate vicinity…

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Christmas in No Man’s Land

Anyone looking to answer the age-old question of what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force might find a somewhat acceptable answer along Europe’s embattled Western Front one century ago. The series of unending entrenched lines that extended through Belgium, France, and further wavered barely a little, even…

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