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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General News

A Bottle of Old Quaker for Posterity

In its headline, with one-inch-tall letters, The News and Courier declared “Prohibition Dead” on December 6, 1933. However, it was not as if locals here were high and dry one day, then popping champagne corks the next. Despite the thirty-six states who ratified the 21st Amendment, South Carolina wasn’t one…

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Seafaring Mascots & Four Legged Friends

Unnamed terrier gets a pet from a sailor aboard the USS Orion (AS-18) in Guantanamo Bay, 1947. Animals have long been used for practical military service. Horses, camels, and elephants have hauled soldiers, supplies, and weapons. Pigeons have carried messages, while dogs guarded troops and tracked enemies. Many have also…

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Museum Partners with Warren Lasch Conservation Center to Restore a Colonial Ceramic Vessel

Conservation of museum collections usually involves those objects that are fragile or unstable.  Textiles such as Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s dress, furniture such as the Robert Walker bed at the Joseph Manigault House, or wood from archaeological contexts such as the pilings from the city’s early fortifications often require conservation treatment…

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Pollution Prevention

National Pollution Prevention Week begins the third Monday of September every year and focuses on reducing pollution production at the source. The Pollution Prevention (P2) Act was passed in 1990 by Congress with the goal of establishing a source reduction program within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would collect…

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A Luxurious Charleston: Chatelaines

Macaroni chatelaine marked by Jean Antoine Lepine, Paris, 1797. Belonged to Eliza Izard Pinckney.     “Madame moves quietly here to there, Step by step, stair to stair,  Aloft she carries candle with flame, Light catching the silver of her chatelaine.”    “A really fancy tool belt,” is how one might…

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