Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update


The Charleston Museum, Heyward-Washington House & the Joseph Manigault House are OPEN.
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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Director Carl P. Borick’s Lecture on American Prisoners of War in the Revolutionary South

Director Carl Borick recently gave a lecture at Anderson House, the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington DC, on American prisoners of war during the American Revolution.  Many prisoners in the Southern Campaigns were captured or held in Charleston, and Mr. Borick discussed their fates during the…

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Bringing Them Back to Life: The Pleistocene

Bringing Them Back to Life is a blog series from The Charleston Museum that provides updates and plans for our Natural History Gallery renovations. In case you missed it, the Elemental gala, put on by our FANS (Friends and Needed Supporters) of The Charleston Museum last Friday, in support of…

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Storeroom Stories: Cooking in the Heyward-Washington House kitchen

  The Heyward-Washington kitchen features a large cooking fireplace and bake oven popular in the eighteenth century. Excavations in the cellar and around the building produced the remains of foods and the vessels used to prepare foods. Glazed earthenware pots and pans joined the more durable cast iron griddles, pans,…

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Charleston’s Porgy and Bess

Published in 1925, Porgy, the woeful tale of an African American beggar and his relationships with Bess and others who lived in the “Row” come directly from the observations and experiences Du Bose Heyward encountered while growing up in the economically depressed Charleston of the early 1900s.  Frequently ill as…

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Allan Safe

“So, how much does that thing weigh?” is typically the first question I’m asked when someone first sets eyes on the rather foreboding iron safe standing in its own corner within The Charleston Museum’s main storage room. Unfortunately, I still don’t know for sure, but based on similar, late nineteenth…

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