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.
The Charleston Museum's Archaeology Collection consists of materials global in scope with the largest portion coming from prehistoric and historic period (1492 to the present) sites in South Carolina. This segment includes nearly 50,000 context and 500,000 individual artifacts excavated from sites in Charleston and the surrounding region. An additional 3000 objects come from archaeological sites across North America, and roughly 1250 from sites worldwide.
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.