Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE MAY 3, 2022: The Museum follows CDC guidelines with respect to mask wearing. Charleston County's Covid-19 community level is currently listed as low. Masks are not required while visiting Museum sites.

General News

Downtown Flooding

Have you ever wondered why downtown Charleston can sometimes get such horrendous flooding? Anyone who has had to drive through deep ponding on downtown streets surely has. A Museum staff member’s minivan literally floated in one of these floods! The answer lies in the natural history of the area. Long…

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“My table must be well supplied without waste…”

Charlotte Drayton Manigault was born to Charles Drayton and Hester (or Ester) Middleton in 1781 on their plantation in Goose Creek. Hester Middleton Drayton was the sister of Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and died when Charlotte was eight years old. By all accounts Charles Drayton was…

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Dave Jars

At some point in his early life, Dave, a man born into slavery circa 1800, learned the fine art of throwing, turning, and glazing various forms of pottery including churns, storage jars, pitchers, and jugs. While it is popularly presumed that Dave learned pottery while enslaved under Harvey Drake, Dr….

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Oligocene Whales: Evolution and Biodiversity

  Xenorophus Skull The Charleston Museum houses the largest collection of exquisite Oligocene whales in the world. The Oligocene epoch, a period of geologic time that spans from roughly 34 to 23 million years ago, is unarguably and important time period in regards to whale evolution and diversification. All of…

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Storeroom Stories: Washington Sash

PAST EXHIBIT   When George Washington launched his grand Southern Tour in 1791, overwhelming enthusiasm and gratitude greeted him at every step. Charleston, of course, was no exception. Arriving that May and staying in what is now The Charleston Museum’s Heyward-Washington House, President Washington attended numerous balls and receptions in…

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