Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street
843-722-2706

Mission Statement:

The Gibbes Museum of Art exists to link the art of our past with the art of our future through innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, interpretation and educational programs that preserve and promote the art of Charleston and the American South.



Reviews

Navy Rosie

Rating:
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wonderful art collection in downtown Charleston. The Gibbes had a makeover about 2 yrs ago and they updated the museum from a dark, quiet carpeted gallery to a beautiful, airy museum with its stunning (original?) mosaic tiled floors. The collection spans from colonial portraiture, sculpture, to modern contemporary art. This is not the biggest museum, but it is an impressive collection, and it captures the local culture and history of Charleston. The folk art exhibit was wonderful and whimsical, I thoroughly enjoyed it. They also have a wonderful miniature portrait collection, which is very unique. The Butcher & Bee have a cafe from their restaurant the Daily in the museum, and it offers a wonderful place to have a snack or a great coffee or tea after seeing some great art. The gift shop is really nice and they also have some studios for local artists to use, which is really great for the community. They also have a great #savethearts campaign where you can mail postcards to the local senators and congressmen to make them aware of how important the arts are to the community. Make sure you fill one out before you leave! Be prepared to spend about 2 hours here, if you see the entire museum. It’s worth a visit if you’re visiting Charleston! ♥️

Max Adventure

Rating:
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tour guide was v knowledgeable about all the pieces and the history of the area. The collections were vast but also specific to the area as well which was nice. I'm kicking myself for forgetting to check out the garden while I was there.

frank powell

Rating:
Monday, May 28, 2018
What an amazing place! Some pieces really rare, but other pieces are interactive and you can touch. She sure and visit the Chilean printmaker. She is an artist in Residence who can really connect with young people.

Robin Ziebert

Rating:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
A small,but excellent museum. Wonderful collection of local artist past and present. In addition, they have one of the largest miniature collections in the country. Worth visiting for that alone.

Julie Grove

Rating:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Stopped in on a rainy Charleston day. A really nice collection, but we especially enjoyed the prints exhibit!

Recent News

Society 1858 Announces Deborah Luster as Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 are pleased to announce Deborah Luster as the 2015 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, acknowle…

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Society 1858 Announces Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art at the Unveiling Party

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 announced the 2015 short list of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art in June. The winner of the $10,000 art prize will be announced on September 17 at the Unveiling party at The Drawing…

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Society 1858 Announces Short List of Finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, Six Artists vie for $10,000 Prize

Charleston, SC---The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 announced the 2015 short list of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, ackno…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces 2015/2016 Slate of Officers, New Board Members, and Philanthropy Award at Fellows Luncheon

Charleston, SC - On Friday, May 19, the Gibbes Museum of Art announced the new slate of officers and Board Members, and the winner of the 2015 philanthropy award at the museum’s Fellows Luncheon celebration. “This year we are thrilled to present …

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Gibbes on the Street Presents: La Belle Époque

Charleston, SC---Meeting Street will be transformed into the glittering streets of Paris in the early 1900’s. Charleston’s top chefs will serve delicacies inspired by the French culinary tradition while guests enjoy live music, entertainment, and…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Accepting Online Entries for 2015 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

Charleston, SC - The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to accept submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who …

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Gibbes Museum of Art Renovations Effect Museum Mile Attendance

Charleston, SC - The October 2014 closure of the Gibbes Museum of Art for major renovations and restoration has prevented the museum from participating in this year’s Museum Mile alongside the eleven other cultural institutions and organizations th…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Presents Art on Paper

Charleston, SC - The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the third-annual Art on Paper exhibition. The museum temporarily closed in October 2014 for major renovations and will reopen in spring 2016. During the renovations, the museum is bring…

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Society 1858 Winter Party: The Magical Mystery Tour

Charleston, SC - The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 are pleased to present the fourth-annual winter party. Inspired by The Beatles album and film of the same name, this fun 1960s-Mod party will play on the museum's journey around the town duri…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Next Steps of Museum Renovation

Charleston, SC - After many years of planning the renovation of the Gibbes Museum of Art is underway. The demolition crew has begun asbestos removal and early general demolition. Crown molding and other trim work has been carefully removed for re-ins…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Accepting Online Entries for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Charleston, SC - On January 1, 2015, submissions opened for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The prize awards $10,000 to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognize…

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Receives $150,000 from The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Charleston, SC -- The Gibbes Museum of Art has received a grant award in the amount of $150,000 from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to support the installation of the museum’s miniature portrait collection in the renovated building. T…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

Charleston, SC - The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce Donna Shank Major as this year's recipient of the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in Sout…

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Society 1858 Announces Sonya Clark as the 2014 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Charleston, SC - Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknow…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Distinguished Lecture Presents Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Charleston, SC -- The Gibbes Museum of Art will present its annual Distinguished Lecture featuring New York based and internationally acclaimed architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien whose design of the Barnes Foundation at the Philadelphia Museum …

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Receives $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Charleston, SC -- On Monday, July 21, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects. The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to be one of two recipients in the state of South Carolina with an …

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Receives $100,000 from The Henry Luce Foundation for the Re-installation of the Permanent Collection

Charleston, SC -- The Gibbes Museum of Art has received a grant award in the amount of $100,000 from the prestigious Henry Luce Foundation for the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the permanent collection as part of the Gibbes renovation. The r…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Philanthropy Award, Slate of officers, and New Board members at 2014 Annual Meeting Celebration

Charleston, SC - On Monday, May 19, the Gibbes Museum of Art welcomed two new Board members and announced the winner of the 2014 Philanthropy Award at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration. This year we are thrilled to present Mickey Bakst with t…

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Gibbes Museum of Art Closes Entries for 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

Charleston, SC---The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce that three finalists have been selected for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South …

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14th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour -Benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art

Charleston, SC - The fourteenth annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., This year, five stunning Kiawah Island homes in the private gated community will be opened for public viewing. Proceeds fro…

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Presents Gibbes on the Street: East Meets West

Charleston, SC -- The 5th Annual Gibbes on the Street Party will transform Meeting Street into a multi-cultural bazaar with culinary delights! Imagine a marketplace perfumed with the scents and spices of delicious treats, and bejeweled with richly dy…

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Presents The Art of Healing Wake up to Your Most Creative Self

Charleston, SC - Nighttime dreams offer an opportunity to access our innate creativity and are the inspiration and guide for many artists, inventors, musicians, and writers throughout history. Explore your dreams by learning the language and the guid…

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The Gibbes Museum of Art Presents The Art of Design Spring Luncheon and Lecture With Charlotte Moss

Charleston, SC - Charlotte Moss is a celebrated designer, author, speaker and philanthropist who has learned that the most ordinary of found objects can be elevated when artfully considered and arranged. “It is in our carefully curated environm…

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