***Tropical Storm Ian Update***
The Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House will be closing at 2 pm TODAY (September 29). Last tour of the day at the houses will be at 1:30 pm. Due to the risk of flooding, caused by Tropical Storm Ian, The Charleston Museum and its historic houses will be CLOSED Friday, September 30. We will resume regular hours Saturday, October 1.

General News

Storeroom Stories: The Sharecropper’s Factor

PAST EXHIBIT After the Civil War, the lives of freed slaves, planters and non-slave holding whites were forever altered. Although slaves were now free, they had no economic means of survival, planters no longer had a labor force, and the small white farmer had been left cash poor, unable to…

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Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Pretty Colors

PAST EXHIBIT The Charleston Museum’s current Textiles exhibit, Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Style, looks at the often tragic side of fashionable dress as it relates to the natural environment and those who wore these garments. This exhibit will be on display until March 5, 2017. From now until then,…

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Killer Fashion: Killing for Feathers

PAST EXHIBIT The Charleston Museum’s current Textiles exhibit, Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Style, looks at the often tragic side of fashionable dress as it relates to the natural environment and those who wore these garments. This exhibit will be on display until March 5, 2017. From now until then,…

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Storeroom Stories: Ring Jug

PAST EXHIBIT A certainly odd, albeit eye-catching, form of South Carolina pottery, these alkaline-glazed ring jugs, in fact, did serve a specific purpose for their time. A ceramic canteen of sorts, its doughnut shape played a duel role in not only helping keep the water inside of it cooler, but…

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A Word from our Director

Happy New Year!  Once again, thank you to all those who so generously gave to our Annual Appeal or our Natural History Gallery renovation project in 2016.  This past year was another active one for America’s First Museum in terms of special exhibits, collections management, programs and extensive planning and…

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