Where The Culture and History of Charleston Come To LifeCharleston 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.
Charleston City MarketOpen M-Su. Built in 1841 to sell produce and meats, it features small shops, restaurants and flea market with everything from produce to antiques. Watch the craftsmanship and artistry as the ladies weave and sell handmade sweetgrass baskets.
Children's Museum of the LowcountryNine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a Pirate Ship and a dedicated Art Room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through the power of PLAY. Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm; closed Mon. Extended Seasonal Hours.
Congressional Medal of Honor MuseumThe Congressional Medal of Honor Museum tells the stories of brave Americans who displayed remarkable courage. The museum details eight eras of Medal of Honor history, and features interactive exhibits that explain the award along with archives of important documents.
Friends Of The HunleyIn 1864, the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat submarine and then mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, the Hunley was recovered from the sea in 2000. See history unfolding during weekend tours of the Hunley. For tickets, call 1.877.4HUNLEY. For weekday large group tours, call 843.744.1488.
Gibbes Museum of ArtExperience Charleston's history through art! Come face-to-face with stories of the South Carolina Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photography, and more at Charleston's signature art museum. Complimentary cell phone tour is offered with admission.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary ArtThe Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston is a non-collecting contemporary art museum in downtown Charleston. In addition to organizing 5 exhibitions each year, the Halsey also presents lectures, a film series, publications & tours. Free admission. Gallery Hours: M-Sat. 11am - 4pm, Thurs. 11am - 7pm
International African American MuseumScheduled to open in 2018, the IAAM is a new museum of African American history and identity. It will communicate the history of African Americans in the Lowcountry and explain how this population impacted the nation.
Karpeles Manuscript MuseumW-Sa 11am-4pm. Karpeles houses the largest private collection of historically significant manuscripts in the world (more than 1 million). Philanthropist David Karpeles supports seven museums across the nation and his collection ranges from Ancient Egypt to the Apollo moon landing. Free.
Museum MileThis 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.
Old Slave Mart MuseumRecounting the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here. 9-5 M-Sa. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's. $7 adults, $5 children aged 6 to 12, under 5 free.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime MuseumWalk in the Steps of Heroes at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Tour the aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN, destroyer USS LAFFEY, submarine USS CLAMAGORE, Medal of Honor Museum, Cold War Submarine Memorial and the only Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp in the U.S.
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. Locations: the Bell Garden on George Street and the Heart Garden (topiary garden) on Menotti Street.
Postal MuseumCharleston’s postal history. The Post Office Building circa 1896 was erected over the ruins of the old police station, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1886. The building at Meeting and Broad is the oldest continuously operated post office in the Carolinas.
South Carolina Historical SocietyResearch library Tu-F 9am-4pm; Sa 9am-2pm. Founded in 1855. The state’s oldest historical society maintaining a vast research library and archives in the historic Robert Mills Fireproof Building. Researchers are invited to explore our collections. Members conduct research for free and receive the Society’s publications. Tours available by appointment.
Summerville Dorchester Museum100 East Doty Ave., Summerville, SC 29483; 843-875-9666. Th-Sa 10am-2pm. Other hours by appointment.
The Citadel MuseumSu-F 2-5pm; Sa 12-5pm. Closed College, religious, and military holidays. Museum portrays the history of The Military College of South Carolina and Corps of Cadets from 1842 to present. Exhibits feature photographs, uniforms and archival documents. Dress Parade held at 3:45pm almost every Friday during the academic year. Also visit Summerall Chapel. Free.
The City Hall GalleryM-F 9am-5pm. Located in the Council Chamber of the Charleston City Hall (1801), the gallery contains portraits of many important leaders, including one of George Washington by John Trumbull.