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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Virtual Tours

Snapshots in Whale Evolution

The Charleston area holds a bounty of fossils of ancient marine fauna from invertebrates, fish, reptiles, whales to giant Ice Age behemoths like the giant ground sloth. The Charleston Museum possesses one of the most outstanding collections of locally-collected fossil cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the world, and many…

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Laura Bragg: Librarian, Educator and Director of The Charleston Museum

Museums equalize the opportunities between the rich and the poor. – Laura Bragg “Bulletin of the Charleston Museum,” January-February 1921 Initially hired as a librarian at the Museum in 1909, Laura Bragg (1881-1978) eventually became its director, making her the first woman to ever lead a publicly funded museum in…

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Education at the Dill Sanctuary

The Charleston Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, 580-acres on James Island, is a treasure. The property contains Civil War fortifications, beautiful oak trees and the sounds of young osprey. To this Educator, the Dill Sanctuary represents the past and future colliding, and the opportunities for education are endless. The Museum’s Education Department…

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2019 New Accessions

Cash box and key, Donated by Mary and George Hlavaty. 2019 Accessions List: Mid-19th century silver cream pitcher, marked by Charleston silversmith John Ewan. Donated by Margaret Pringle Schachte.  Brick from the Echaw Church Cemetery of St. James Santee Parish in the Francis Marion Forest. Donated by the Huguenot Society…

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A Word from our Director, Carl Borick

A very Happy New Year to all the Museum’s supporters! Whether you are a member, donor, volunteer, an attendee of our programs or a general advocate, we greatly appreciate what you do for America’s First Museum. As we launch into 2020, I want to take a look back at the…

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