The Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street

Mission Statement:

To document and explain the natural and cultural history of Charleston and the South Carolina coastal region through the maintenance, improvement and expansion of collections documenting the natural forms and material culture of this region.


Jacob W

Friday, May 11, 2018
In the last year or so they have made some big changes that have made quite the difference. The interpretation and overall advances in the flow and feel of the museum are just striking. The Charleston Museum isn't one of the more massive establishments in our nation and doesn't get nearly the funding it deserves. That said the new and improved wildlife and biology section is just spot on in it's execution and the changes to the exhibits on the history of Charleston have really done a lot to make things flow more smoothly and be easier to understand. In short if you are thinking about going there you should it's a good time.

James Collins

Monday, May 28, 2018
This was an unexpected gem on our visit to Charleston. It contains well done exhibits covering local history, natural history and art and culture. They squeeze a lot into the two floors of the museum. School children and curious adults will find interesting exhibits here. There is also a children's room. This is located just across from the Charleston Visitor Center.

Cole Rowe

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Interesting mix of local artifacts that support the historical city. Cool little vintage sign collection. Great place to go when 100 degree Charleston weather is too hot to be outside!

Antonio Profumo

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Charleston historical city museum is a fantastic place. It's much larger than one would think, with a great variety of exhibits. Expect to spend a good 3 hrs there, to thoroughly see all it has to offer.

Lois Hardy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Didn't really go through the Museum, but when I went in to inquire, my eyes just so happened to fasten on a beautiful old fashion vehicle at the entrance. Which to me sets the stage for possibly more wonderful sights inside. Just walking through Charleston was very enjoyable.

Recent News

The Charleston Museum's Newsletter - August 2017

August at The Charleston Museum:August 2*- Toddler Day: The Sun and Moon, 10 - 11 am.August 2 - Kid Tours: Metamorphosis, 3:30 pm.August 7 -The Museum's Natural History and Early Days Galleries will close for renovations.August 7 - 11*- Inventor's Wo…

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The Charleston Museum's Newsletter - March 2017

March at The Charleston Museum:Every Sunday at 2:00 pm during the month of March, The Joseph Mangiault House will host a Women's History Tour! March 3 - Digging up Dining Habits, a discussion and book singing by Curator of Historical Archaeology Mart…

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The Charleston Museum's Newsletter - February 2017

February at The Charleston Museum:February 1 - Kid Tours: Honest Abe and the Original George W, 3:30 pm.February 5 - Last day to see Skeletons in the Closet: Exploring Skeletal Anatomy exhibit.February 8*- Toddler Day: Have a Heart, 10 - 11 am.Februa…

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The Charleston Museum's Newsletter - October 2016

October at The Charleston Museum:October 4 - Exclusive Design Tour of the Joseph Manigault House, 5:30 pm.October 5 - Kid Tours: Sports and Games, 3:30 pm.October 8 - Archaeology Day at Charles Towne Landing, 11 am - 3 pm.Admission fee at Charles Tow…

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The Charleston Museum's Newsletter - February 2016

February at The Charleston Museum:February 4 - The Stono River Rebellion: South Carolina's Largest Slave Uprising - lecture by Ron Roth of the Humanities Council of South Carolina's Speakers Bureau, 6 pm.February 10*- Toddler Day: Be My Valentine, 10…

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Charleston Museum Mile Month - January 2016

During the month of January 2016, enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! With the Museum Mile Month pass, you can spend an entire month learning about Charleston's rich history and culture w…

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Charleston Museum's Newsletter - July 2015

July at The Charleston Museum:  July 8- Kid Tours: Megalodon, 3:30 pm. July 11* - Miniature Portrait Workshop, 2 - 3:30 pm.July 15* -  Toddler Day: B is for Bee, Balloon, and Blue, 10 - 11 am.July 15 - Kid Tours: Sunken Subs, 3:30 pm.July 18 - Fami…

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The Charleston Museum Annual Appeal 2014

This has been an exciting year at The Charleston Museum. New programs, ideas and discoveries have created an impressive buzz surrounding America's First Museum. Among the highlights was confirmation that the Museum's collections hold the fossil skele…

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Museum Mile Month - January 2015

During the month of January 2015Enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with a flash of your pre-purchased pass! As you may know, this pass has been offered in the past as a weekend program.  After some thought, we decided that there's so mu…

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