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Charleston Museum

Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street, Charleston, 29403

The Basics

The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 to document the emerging treasures of the New World. Today, the imposing brick building houses a large collection of Charleston furniture, silver, and Lowcountry textiles, making it a good place to learn about life in the British colonies. In addition, the natural history exhibit has massive skeletons of prehistoric animals and fossils—a hit with kids—and the Kidstory exhibit offers hands-on interactive displays created just for children.

Also on-site are two historic properties: the Heyward-Washington House and the Joseph Manigault House. Each of these sites requires a separate entrance ticket; bundled admission, which includes a tour, is available at a discounted rate. Overall museum admission is free for holders of the Charleston Tour Pass.

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Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
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$37.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful way to see the historic district and hear the history if you have some mobility issues.
See the houses in the historic district and hearing about their owners and lifestyle was exactly what we wanted!
Tara_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Historical Charleston
Bruce_T, Oct 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Enjoyable ride through historical parts of Charleston with knowledgeable information from driver. Charleston Museum was entertaining and interesting.
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The tour guide was very...
Larry_B, Oct 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Got to see parts of historic Charleston we've never seen before.
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Seeing all of the...
Fred_S, Sep 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Seeing all of the different historical sites and homes throughout the city. Very interesting and well spoken by our tour guide.
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Our driver was very...
Cris_E, Sep 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Our driver was very knowledgable and shared the information very well. My disappointment was everything was on the other side of the bus. We saw very little that was being explained. A big minus from me. The stars were given for the narrartion
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Great Tour
Meri_M, Sep 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Nick was very well spoken and knowledgeable. Our adult daughter and son-in-law throughly enjoyed the tour with us. It was very comfortable as well.
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Valarie is a GEM!
Eugene_S, Jul 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Valarie is a Gem. Having recently moved to Summerville and trying to learn more about our new "hometown", we found Valarie to be both informative, welcoming and entertaining. We will bring our out of town guests back to experience her tour.
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Great Experience
Ken_S, Jun 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Our host, Roy was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. Sites we saw were interesting and educational. Highly recommended for those new to Charleston.
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Excellent Tour
William_L, Jun 2019
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
What a great tour! With a scorcher of a day, we were so lucky to have chosen this tour with a very clean, air conditioned small bus. Our tour guide who had been a college professor and lived in Charleston for 31 years was informative and made the trip interesting. Not just a funny stories, but history made interesting. Many thanks to Gray Line.
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Fun afternoon
SHERRI_P, Apr 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
The Battery and the houses were great. Plan to do this trip again with our family. The driver was knowledgeable about both history and architecture.
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Freeman Family Day Road Trip
Edna_F, Jul 2020
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
In Charleston for a day trip with family. Decided to take a tour of the city. We had a great time. The driver/Guide was very informative. Grateful to be on the air conditioned bus. 6 of us, 4 adults and 2 children.
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Charleston, Yesterday and Today
dalemke, Feb 2020
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
The tour was very informative and the driver was very knowledgeable, courteous and easy to hear and understand
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Very informative tour!
pamiano, Jan 2020
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
We enjoyed a great, informative tour of Charleston with a final stop to visit the museum. Wish we had more time to see even more sights but the tour gave us an overview and highlights of this wonderful city.... we’ll be back!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Charleston Museum is a must for history buffs, and the kid-friendly exhibits make it popular with families.

  • Plan to spend two to three hours exploring the museum.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible. The historic houses offer photographic tours for those who are unable to climb stairs.

  • Compact strollers are allowed in the museum and the first floor of the historic houses.

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How to Get There

The Charleston Museum is located in the heart of downtown Charleston, just across the street from the Charleston Visitors Center. Walking or taking the free downtown DASH shuttle is recommended, but paid street parking and garages are available nearby for visitors who drive.

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When to Get There

The Charleston Museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. The historic homes are open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, with the last tour at 4:30pm every day. Check the museum calendar for special events geared toward kids and students.

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More Charleston Museums

There is no shortage of museums in Charleston. If you’re looking for more Charleston history, some of your options include the Old Slave Mart Museum, the Nathaniel Russell House, the Confederate Museum, and the Aiken-Rhett House, all easily accessible downtown.

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