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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Storeroom Stories: John Bartlam’s Pottery at Cain Hoy, 1765-1770

  Fragments from an elaborately-molded plate, featuring a pierced rim, fruit and basket design.   Master potter John Bartlam immigrated to Carolina from the Staffordshire region of Britain to search for clays appropriate for English-style tablewares. He found good clay at Cain Hoy, a small settlement on the Wando River,…

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Joanna Foundation Grant

Mr. Carl Borick, Director, accepts the Joanna Foundation’s check for $25,000 in honor of Mr. Charlie Menefee Joanna Foundation makes $25,000 grant to The Charleston Museum in honor of former Museum Board of Trustees member, Charlie Menefee The Joanna Foundation has generously supported Charleston Museum preservation, exhibition and education efforts…

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Bewitchingly Beautiful

What could be a better treat for Halloween than a gorgeous pair of shoes? How about these delectible black satin shoes, c. 1895, with elegant beading. The beading goes around the shoe opening and over the toe, with a sculpted three-layered “bow” in front. The 3” Louis heel sets off…

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It’s Football Season Again in South Carolina!

This black and white photograph, taken by M.B. Paine c. 1910, shows the Porter Military Academy football team in action against an unknown opponent. Notice the heavy wool uniforms with extra padding in the pants and the leather nose guards worn for “protecting” the nose! Originally located in downtown Charleston,…

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Storeroom Stories: Bisque-porcelain doll, “Rebecca”

Although only two years old at the time of receiving this doll, Mrs. Constance Bennett (then Miss Constance Courtenay) grew to understand its extraordinary journey from her grandmother’s house in New York to her temporary home in Camden, S.C. Constance was born in Charleston on August 23, 1863 – right…

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