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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

star-5
A fine start to our visit
Laura_W, Jun 2022
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Guide was articulate and full of anecdotes that animated the city and its history. Truly a quality tour.
star-5
Very informative.
Curt_T, Apr 2022
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
We enjoyed learning about Charleston and the humor that was thrown in. The extra tips that were thrown in were helpful as well. I would recommend this tour.
star-4
The history and...
Alan_R, Mar 2022
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
The history and architecture and the explanations of both. Bus was overcrowded and hot. Billed as 15 people or less and there were more than 20. Hard to hear
star-5
Hop on and step back in time
Connie_L, Feb 2022
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Knowledgeable guide relaxing activity every family member of any age can share and enjoy while resting and learning more about the Holy city
star-5
Wonderful Tour and Guide
Jim_D, Dec 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Stories about areas and houses in Charleston. Loved seeing all the gorgeous mansions! Museum was great addition to tour.
star-4
Charleston - amazing city
patricia_b, Dec 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Very informative, I love the background history into the architecture. Why is it was 15 minutes early back to the bus station. Would’ve been nice to cover the entire 90 minutes
star-5
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.
star-5
Antiquated Beauty
Alissa_S, Dec 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
Seeing the old houses and buildings in their original form was awesome! Our bus driver was very knowledgeable about the historical facts behind the buildings and the people that established the them.
star-5
Wonderful way to see the historic district and hear the history if you have some mobility issues.
Tara_M, Nov 2021
Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission
See the houses in the historic district and hearing about their owners and lifestyle was exactly what we wanted!
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-4
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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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