Culture

Feel The Inspiration

Our stunning setting inspires musicians, artisans, actors, poets, painters and playwrights to share their work with the world.

A Vibrant Culture
A Strong Sense of Place

Creativity is imbued in every part of Charleston’s culture. From its art and architecture to its food, music, and pursuits of the people who call it home.

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Gibbes Museum of Art
Art Is The Reason

The foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston, the Museum connects the region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene.

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Middleton Place
An Essential American Experience

America’s oldest landscaped gardens, a house museum, plantation stableyards, exhibits, restaurant, inn, organic farm and educational programs.

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The Sound of Charleston
Live Concerts of A Rich, Musical Past

Gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, and jazz – all the elements of Charleston’s rich musical past.

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Sights & Insights Tours
Explore African American History

Air-conditioned mini-bus tours of Charleston covering Black History, Gullah and GeeChee culture, and plantation life.

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Charleston Gallery Association
Art Galleries, Walks & Events

More than 40 galleries showcasing local, regional and national artists' works including landscape, Lowcountry, realism, contemporary, photography and sculpture.

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With its acclaimed restaurants, soul-stirring landscapes, vibrant culture, and exquisitely preserved Antebellum wonders, Charleston, South Carolina, exudes a gravitational pull for travelers as the one American South city they absolutely, positively, must visit."

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Modernist Getaway

Explore a city that juxtaposes old-fashioned charm with modern flair, immerse yourself in a thriving culinary scene and becoming acquainted an enchanting arts community. Discover contemporary Charleston with a memorable three-day getaway.

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Artsy Adventure

In 72 hours, revel in the art, literature, cuisine, and lifestyle that will capture your heart, mind, and spirit.

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