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.
The Charleston Museum's Photograph Collection consists of over 35,000 black & white and color photographs taken by some of Charleston’s leading photographers such as Louis Schwartz, Morton B. Paine, and Robert Achurch. They include scenes of Charleston’s streets, buildings and beaches as well as the aftereffects of the Civil War and the natural disasters that have struck the area up to Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
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.