The Calhoun Mansion, Charleston

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#6 of 15 in Museums in Charleston
Built for one man, George W. Williams, The Calhoun Mansion has over 30 rooms. The house was converted to a hotel in 1914 and renovated in the 1970s by a private owner. Today you'll see the house returned to its former glory. Purchase a ticket by entering the gift shop through the back door and heading up the stairs. Tours take place every hour and include a guide who shares the house's quirky stories. Use our Charleston driving holiday planning tool to add The Calhoun Mansion and other attractions to your Charleston vacation plans.
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  • It's a private mansion with a wealth collector that lives and owns the museum. There is just so much to see with collectables from the BC era and objects from the Ming Dynasty. A well spent visit.  more »
  • This is an immense mansion full of art objects from all over the world. The current owner still lives in the house from time to time and you can not wander around on your own - the only way to visit t...  more »
  • A mansion that was purchased for a man to store his personal collection of things purchased from around the world from animal heads, elephant foot tables, Tiffany chandeliers and glass, collectible gl...  more »
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  • Thank you for sharing your home with us we had lots of fun. The art collection is unbelievable I wish we could see it closer and have more time to understand it. Our guide spoke too quickly for us to appreciate the stories of the art collection. So many great stories it might be worth to write a book for
  • Absolutely fabulous collection of antiques and artifacts from all over the world. 24,000 square feet of the most fabulous wood, marble, hand painted ceilings, etc. The small tour takes you through about 20 different rooms and costs around $16. The Grand Tour is 75$ and takes you through all rooms in the house.
  • This is one of the most incredible (and almost visually overwhelming) collections of treasures from around the world. There are countless, over the top impressive, treasures from China, Japan, Russia, the Middle East, and other far reaches of the world. Our tour guide had SO much knowledge of just about every piece in the house and the history of the mansion. Be prepared to see each room is totally packed with treasures which is overwhelming at first, and you can’t take photos. Which ultimately was nice as I ended up looking at all the details and opulence in total awe. We saw tons of Tiffany chandeliers, lamps, vases, a faberge egg, a Japanese emperors chair, the most gorgeous music room... and it goes on. The gardens are worth a stroll even if you don’t go into the museum. Admission is a little pricey, but to have access to such history and treasure was worth it IMO.
  • It was not what I expected. It is not owned by the Calhoun family, which isn't a big deal. What was a big deal is it was basically a hoarders house. It is the owners primary house and he houses all of his random collectibles. I wanted more information on the house and the history of the family. You also only tour the first and second story, and even on the second story you do not go into all of the rooms. Not worth the time or money, very dissatisfied.
  • The Calhoun Mansion is a beautiful house, and I would have liked to have seen more of it. Unfortunately the tour takes in only a small portion of it, and the rooms you get to see are so full of the owner's collections that there's barely room to move. There are some impressive pieces in the collection, but it could definitely be improved with some editing and organization.

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