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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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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Remnants of “Hessian” Fort Possibly Under Battery Pringle

Some years ago, on a trip to England, Larry Cadigan, a long-time volunteer in the Museum’s archaeology department, brought back a photocopy of an 18th century map he had identified that showed a “Hessian” redoubt on the Stono River on James Island. Ron Anthony, the Museum’s Archaeologist, suspected that the…

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America’s Growing Feet

When I open any of our drawers of historical shoes, the first comments I get are inevitably about how small they are. While some of this can be chalked up to tricks of the eye—forward-set heels and narrow insoles can make a shoe appear smaller—feet were indeed slightly smaller before…

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