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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Pets of Charleston Photo Contest

The Charleston Museum invites proud pet parents to enter their best photos of their fur-ever friends for the Pets of Charleston Photo Contest! Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit in the Lowcountry Image Gallery, In the Company of Animals: Pets of Charleston, this photo contest celebrates the companionship between Charlestonians…

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Burning Brick: A Lowcountry Industry

What can a seemingly unremarkable brick reveal about the development of the Lowcountry, its historic buildings, and the people who inhabited them? We have recently revised our exhibition on brickmaking to focus on those enslaved laborers and craftspeople who produced the brick, and indeed that built the Lowcountry. On display…

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Shhh…It’s Wood Stork Nesting Season

For those of you who have had the good fortune to visit the wildlife pond at the Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, you may have had the opportunity to observe the wood storks that nest there in the spring and summer.  Museum staff and volunteers are careful to avoid disturbing their activities…

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Digitizing Collections and the Historic Southern Naturalists Project

Museums are repositories for a wide variety of historical artifacts, works of art, and objects of scientific significance. Despite many of these objects being made available to the public, even more are either not suitable for exhibition or are too fragile for handling and must be kept in storage. These…

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The Charleston Museum Mahiole – A Case for Reading Exhibit Labels Closely

I am going to make a case here for one particular object in the museum’s collection, on display in the Early Days exhibit, as one of the most interesting objects you could possibly see on a trip to the museum. The Charleston Museum is America’s oldest public museum, initially founded…

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