The Charleston Museum, Charleston

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
The Charleston Museum, reportedly the oldest museum in the United States, delves into the country's history, natural history, and ancient artifacts from around the world. Founded in 1773, the museum was inspired by the establishment of the British museum in London. Learn about the Native American people who originally inhabited the area, as well as the African slaves and European settlers who came along later. More exhibits teach about the history of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the weaponry of those conflicts. Other highlights include ancient Egyptian artifacts, historical textiles, South Carolina natural history, and the Loeblein gallery of Charleston silver. Using our custom trip planner, Charleston attractions like The Charleston Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Alot to see. Enjoyed it very much. You can take as much or as little time in the museum. Great place to visit. 
  • Wanted to learn more about Charleston, so we decided to check out the museum. I thought overall it was small and did have some things that were interesting. Our little local museum has as much if not ...  read more »
  • I love Charleston, I attended college here, but, never went to the museum (at least, I don't remember it)-so, I took a morning to take a leisurely stroll to and in the museum. There is an extensive na...  read more »
  • This museum was wonderful. There were so many artifacts, that I recommend setting aside a few hours to be able to read everything. My favorite part was the textile portion. They had beautiful wedding gowns from various time periods. The coolest part? Pictures of several brides were posted right behind the dress, which gives a fuller picture and allows the viewer to really step back in time. A couple of hoop skirts, wrap skirts, and jackets were provided for people to try on....yes I definitely tried them on and you should too. It's fun! They also have interesting ceramics. The slaves badges were very interesting and hearing the difference in roles between rice and cotton slaves was very educational. They definitely only skimmed the surface concerning slavery though. If you're looking for a more in depth look, I heard the Avery Research Center (part of the college of Charleston) does a great job at chronicling African American history in Charleston. My main criticism is that there's nothing about the Gullah people. I know technically they inhabited an island off the coast so they're not necessarily Charleston history. However, if you take a carriage ride, walk through the market, or listen to other tours, they often mention the Gullah people (especially in regards to the beautiful baskets sold in the market). I was just hoping that the museum would mention their background a bit, how they inhabited the island, their culture, and how their culture was influenced by or has impacted Charleston. Other than that, it was wonderful. I highly recommend spending some time here.
  • Educational programs are always engaging and well-done. I have brought my fifth grade class here for three years now and every single class loves the Charleston Museum!
  • Great place to learn about the rich history of the Lowcountry! Also free parking!
  • I was a little concerned when we first walked in. It looked a little empty and blank. But once we got upstairs there was plenty to look at. It took us about 3 hours to meander through. My husband and I love history and antiques but really the exhibits are nicely varied. There should be something to satisfy everyone. It's a nice perk that you can come and go as you like for the day. I wish we would have taken advantage of that. It would have been nice to take a little break to get a snack and talk over the exhibits and then come back to do the rest. All in all it was worth every penny and our time was well spent.
  • We did a scavenger hunt that'd be good for all ages. It was a lot of fun.
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