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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Thankful for our Bounty

The Charleston Museum boasts a wonderful quilt collection, most of them locally made, dating from the late 18th century through the 20th century. Particularly important are our 19th century chintz appliqué beauties that were obviously a favorite of the Lowcountry women that made them. Perhaps especially relevant to our celebration…

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The Museum Loses a True Friend, Benefactor and Leader

By Carl P. Borick, Director The Charleston Museum lost a true and dear friend with the passing of ADM Arthur M. Wilcox on October 13.  A descendant of Joseph Manigault, whose house the Museum owns and preserves, Arthur Wilcox was a great believer in the mission of the Museum.  He…

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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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