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Museums

Step into America's oldest museum and travel through time, as you explore objects ranging from ancient fossils to Civil War artifacts. Experience Charleston's history through visual art. Or recount stories of Charleston's involvement in the slave trade, as you wander through a historic mart. Whatever your interest, Charleston's museums offer unique insight into the city's storied past.

Gibbes Museum of Art
Experience Charleston's history through art. Built in 1905, the Beaux Arts structure houses an outstanding collection of American paintings, including a group of Carolina portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries and a collection of miniatures. Complimentary cell phone tour (using your own phone) is offered with paid admission.

Admission: $9 for adults; $5 for children
Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am - 5pm
           Sun: 1pm - 5pm
           Closed Mondays

Charleston Museum
Founded in 1773, the oldest museum in the United States houses rich collections representing natural history, historic archaeology, ornithology, history and the decorative arts, with special emphasis on South Carolina. A full-scale replica of a Confederate submarine is also on display.

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am - 5pm
           Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Old Slave Mart Museum
This museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in the inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of the particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred there through the perspectives of historically-documented buyers, traders and enslaved African Americans.

Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for children
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am - 5pm
           Closed Sundays

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Navigate eight hands-on exhibits that combine playing and learning! Race boats down rapids, take the helm of a Pirate Ship or climb to the top of a Medieval Castle. This museum features unlimited adventures for children and families.

Admission: $7
Hours: Tue-Sat: 9am - 5pm
           Sun: 1pm - 5pm
           Closed Mondays

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
The world’s largest naval and maritime museum, Patriots Point features the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, WWII’s famous “Fighting Lady,” as well as three other ships and twenty-five aircraft.

Admission: $18 for adults; $11 for children
Hours: 9am - 6:30pm, daily
           Closed Christmas Day

Charleston's Museum Mile
This diverse mile-long corridor stretches along Meeting Street from the Charleston Visitor Center to the Nathaniel Russell House, offering visitors the most comprehensive array of historical and cultural attractions in downtown Charleston.

 

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