Museums

Where the culture and history of Charleston come to life.

Charleston is a multicultural city with a long history. Whether you're interested in history, slavery, war, art, science, animals, gardens, nature, firefighters, textiles, manuscripts, the post office, or The Citadel, Charleston has the perfect museum just waiting to be explored.

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Friends of the Hunley

In 1864 the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat sub & then suddenly vanished. Found over a century later, you can see this amazing artifact during weekend tours.

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Charleston City Market

Open M-Su. Built in 1841 to sell produce and meats, it features small shops, restaurants and flea market with everything from produce to antiques.

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Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Nine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story medieval castle, a pirate ship and an art room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through play.

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Congressional Medal of Honor Museum

The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum tells the stories of brave Americans who displayed remarkable courage. Detailing 8 eras of Medal of Honor history.

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Gibbes Museum of Art

Experience Charleston's history through art! Come face-to-face with stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photography & more!

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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

On the campus of the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute presents innovative and adventurous art from all over the world in an accessible and engaging setting.

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Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Housing the largest private collection of historically significant manuscripts in the world (more than 1 million). Philanthropist David Karpeles supported museum. Free.

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Museum Mile

Mile long corridor stretches along Meeting Street from Visitor Center to the Nathaniel Russell House. Comprehensive array of historical and cultural attractions in Charleston.

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Old Slave Mart Museum

Learn the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building & site and the slave sales that occurred here.

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Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative garden and preserve the legacy of the master craftsman.

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Postal Museum

Charleston’s postal history. The Post Office Building circa 1896 at Meeting & Broad is the oldest continuously operated post office in the Carolinas.

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South Carolina Historical Society

Founded in 1855, the state’s oldest and largest historical society invites researchers to explore its vast research library and nationally renowned archival collections.

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The Citadel Museum

Museum portrays the history of The Military College of South Carolina & Corps of Cadets from 1842-present. Dress Parade at 3:45 almost every Friday during the academic year.

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The City Hall Gallery

Located in the Council Chamber of Charleston City Hall (1801), the gallery contains portraits of many important leaders, including one of George Washington by John Trumbull.

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The Confederate Museum

Market Hall was built in 1841. Since 1898, the Daughters of the Confederacy has operated the Confederate Museum, which contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia.

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