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Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House Tours and Activities

This historic museum is known for being one of the best examples of Southern antebellum architecture in Charleston. It was originally built as a private home—owned in 1820 by local merchant John Robinson and later bought in 1858 by Gov. William Aiken, whose family is responsible for the lavish interior decoration. With antique furnishings and original wallpaper, much of the period style remains intact. Many of the family’s objects and fine art, acquired for the home while touring Europe, can still be found in the rooms they were purchased for.

Walk through the grounds’ historic double side porch, stables, a carriage house, a kitchen and slave quarters. You’ll learn about the house staff, which included footmen, cooks, gardeners and seamstresses, as well as life in the pre-Civil War era. Then step inside and view the collection of sculptures, paintings and chandeliers as you tour the home and learn about the history of the home and the family.

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Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 2 to 5 pm
48 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, South Carolina

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What are Aiken-Rhett House hours of operation?
Aiken-Rhett House hours of operation: Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 2 to 5 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.