Covid-19 Update

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.

General News

Bringing them Back to Life: Megalodon and Sharks of the Lowcountry

Bringing Them Back to Life is a blog series from The Charleston Museum that provides updates and plans for our Natural History Gallery renovations. The geologic history of the Lowcountry is tied to the Atlantic ocean. Just as the ocean has shaped the coast, it has shaped the lifestyles of…

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Black and White: Plantation Scenes of South Carolina

PAST EXHIBIT Oak Allée at The Oaks Plantation, 1903   On exhibit now, Black and White features photographs that captured the plantation scenes of South Carolina after the Civil War.  Once a major revenue source for the region’s wealthy elite, both rice and Sea Island cotton were grown and harvested…

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Storeroom Stories: An Exquisite 19th Century Dress made by Mme. Pauline Seba and Julia Bulkley

PAST EXHIBIT Although Charleston was racially polarized in the nineteenth century, many skilled African American artisans were able to cross those barriers and provide goods and services to a discerning clientele. Two such examples are Mme. Pauline Seba and Julia Bulkley, both prominent seamstresses in the city. The fact that…

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Martha Zierden on “Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community,” written by herself and Elizabeth Reitz

I have the good fortune of studying one of America’s most historic cities for over thirty years, doing so by digging in the ground and recovering archaeological evidence.  Charleston is well-known as the birthplace of the historic preservation movement, but, for the most part, is not widely known as a…

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Storeroom Stories: Dr. Félix L’Herminier and the Fossil of Guadelou

Dr. Félix L’Herminier and the Fossil of Guadeloupe When a museum is as old as The Charleston Museum, there is ample opportunity for commemorative events.  August 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of a significant artifact, the Fossil of Guadeloupe.  Portions of a fossilized human skull from that…

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