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.
Morton “Nicky” Brailsford Paine, Jr. was arguably, one of the most dedicated photographers of the Holy City. Continually interested in mechanics and new inventions, Paine led the way in using modern scientific advancements. He was also a cross-country driver, a pilot, and one of the first amateurs to use a motion picture camera locally. Always experimenting with speed, light, shadow, and later, color, Nicky Paine would record the history of the buildings, beaches, and people of Charleston from 1900 to his death in 1940.
In 1941, the Museum purchased over 3,000 prints and glass plate negatives from Nicky’s sister, May Paine. May had managed to save most of the photographs and negatives from the house they shared on 47 Meeting Street after a Category 2 hurricane flooded the ground floor, just days before her brother’s death.
King Street, 1901
An Inter-Island Liner, A Charleston Tidal Creek, c. 1900
Circus, Meeting Street, April 1927
St. John’s Jockey Club Spring Race, Belvidere Plantation, April 3, 1937
In the Museum’s Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.
In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the Lowcountry and the African American and European settlers who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
In the Natural History gallery you will see an extraordinary array of birds, reptiles and mammals that have called the South Carolina Lowcountry home since prehistory, including contributions from noted naturalists.