The Charleston Museum offers discount rates to groups of ten or more adults. Curator led tours are available for additional fees and last approximately one hour. These must be booked in advance. For information on student groups please click here.

Discounted Group Rates:

  • Adult - 1 site $12
  • Adult - 2 site $18
  • Adult - 3 site $26
  • Child - per site $5
  • Tours of Dill Sanctuary - $22
  • Signature Series Tours - $22
  • Behind the Scenes Tour - $30

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  • Minimum of 10 adults to qualify for the group discount
  • Reservations are required. Please call (843) 722-2996 ext. 236 or email [email protected].
  • The Charleston Museum also operates the Joseph Manigault House, the Heyward- Washington House and the Dill Sanctuary. Your group can visit one or any combination of our four sites.


Behind the scenes at the Museum

This special Signature Series tour takes guests behind the scenes at The Charleston Museum. Explore our collections storage areas with natural history, history, or textile curators. Guests will be able to view artifacts rarely on public display due to their sensitive nature.

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Signature Series Tours

The Charleston Museum's collections and exhibitions offer a wide variety of artifacts, documents and specimens illustrating the South Carolina Lowcountry's cultural and natural history. Curator led tours are available at all four Museum sites: The main Museum, Heyward-Washington House, Joseph Manigault House, and the Dill Sanctuary. Note that the Dill Sanctuary tours are offered on a limited basis and are subject to staff availability since this site is not open to the public on a daily basis. Please call the Education Department for details and to schedule tours. The following are just a few of possible tours we provide;

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The Dill Sanctuary

Located on James Island, the Museum's Dill Sanctuary is a 580-acre site that has been protected for the purposes of preservation, wildlife enhancement, research, and education. The Dill Sanctuary contains four Confederate batteries (only two are accessible via tour) and prehistoric, colonial, antebellum, and postbellum archaeological sites.

Possible tours include:

  • Confederate Fortifications
  • Revolutionary War
  • African American History
  • Archaeology
  • Nature Walks

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    The Joseph Manigault House

    One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures, the Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there. This National Historic Landmark displays a remarkable collection of period Charleston-made furnishings.

    Possible tours include:

  • African American History
  • Women's History
  • Christmas in Charleston
  • Architecture
  • World War II

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    The Heyward-Washington House

    Located within the original walled city, this 1772 Charleston double house was owned by Thomas Heyward, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The home is famous for housing President George Washington during his southern tour in May 1791. The Georgian Style architecture and furniture crafted by local Charleston cabinetmakers make this house truly unique. Guests will also get the chance to explore the gardens and work yard, as well as the only colonial kitchen building open to the public.

    Possible tours include:

  • Decorative Arts/Historic Furniture
  • African American History
  • Charleston during the American Revolution
  • Architecture
  • Foodways
  • Women's History

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    The Charleston Museum

    Our curatorial staff is divided into five main departments: Archaeology, Archives, History, Natural History, and Textiles. Each department contains a vast collection with many opportunities for curator tours.


    • Archaeology Collection Storage
    • African American History
    • Animals & Historic Foodways
    • Historic Ceramics
    • Walled City/Colonial Charleston


    • Archives Collection Storage
    • Anna Heyward Taylor Artwork Collection
    • Charleston Renaissance Etching Collection
    • 18th century Manuscripts

    History Department

    • History Department Collections Storage
    • American Revolution
    • Edgefield Pottery Collection
    • Floor and Table Clock Collection

    Natural History Department

    • Natural History Collection Storage
    • Amphibians & Reptiles
    • Charleston Naturalists
    • Ornithology
    • Paleontology

    Textile Department

    • Historic Textiles Collection Storage
    • Historic Clothing & Uniforms
    • Fashionable Garments & Accessories
    • Textiles & Needlework

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    Reservations must be made in writing. We cannot book dates and times over the phone. Register online through this form.