Charleston Museum

Charleston, SC

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Address: 360 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403 Number: 843.722.2996 Website Contact How do we get there?

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Did you know that the Charleston Museum was actually America's FIRST ever museum? If that isn't super cool, we don't know what is!

Founded back in 1773, the Charleston Museum continues to give fascinating and educational days out for the families who visit, with exhibits all about the South Carolina lowcountry, and it's rich history.

Kids can learn all about Charleston and its role in the Civil War, with exhibition panels on the events, and the people, and what it meant for the nation's future

In the Bunting National History Gallery, kids can experience the extraordinary world of fossils, with specimens, animal mounts, and geologic examples, that all tell the story of the Lowcountry natural history. What amazing creatures once called this area home? How has the landscape changed over millions of years?

For those kids who just love hands-on learning, the Charleston Museum features Kidstory, a place where kids can discovery through interactive exhibits, and where the story of Charleston comes to life!

You can check out the work of the finest craftsmen and women in the South, from the colonial era to the Victorian age with a Charleston Silver exhibit, and of course, really go back into the history of the region in the Lowcountry History Hall. Here, you can see minerals related to the Native Americans who first inhabited the region, as well as the colonist and enslaved African American who transformed it.

The Charleston Museum also boasts an impressive armory collections including Revolutionary and Civil War swords, and a Becoming American exhibit, where you can actually see rare items, including George Washington inaugural button!

An incredible trip through South Carolina's fascinating history, in a museum that happens to be an important part of history too!

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$5 (Ages 3 to 12) / $10 (Ages 13 to 17)


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2 years


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Coat check is available at the Charleston Museum to store personal items during your visit.

Any top tips?


They have some fun family programs and kids tours! Kid Tours meet the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. and includes a craft project or activity, and each month they offer a special Saturday program dedicated to providing an educational and exciting experience for the whole family.

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Food or drink is not permitted in the Museum exhibit galleries or historic houses so grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit

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From books on Charleston history, to products from the region, and museum souvenirs, the Museum Store is filled with great things to take home!

Need a little extra help?


The Charleston Museum is accessible to all visitors with limited mobility. Wheelchairs are free to visitors and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Baby Facilities

Compact strollers are permitted in the Museum. Over-sized strollers, such as jogging strollers can be checked at the gift shop for your convenience.

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday

Open year round but closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Day

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