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Welcome to Charleston’s Museum Mile.

Along a one-mile section of Meeting Street you will find 6 museums, 5 nationally renowned historic houses, 4 scenic parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, and an array of historic houses of worship and public buildings such as the Market and City Hall.

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1

Aiken-Rhett House Museum

Built in 1820 and expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s, this house and its outbuildings are preserved as rare intact artifacts. The extensive property allows visitors to explore the interconnections among all members of the household, both free and enslaved.

  • Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  • 48 Elizabeth Street
  • Charleston, SC 29403
  • Phone
  • (843) 723-1159
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 2 – 5 pm
  • Last tour begins at 4:15 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12, Children 6 -16 $5
  • Children under 6 free.
  • Combination ticket with the Nathaniel Russell House Museum $18
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2

The Charleston Museum

America's First Museum showcases an outstanding collection that tells the story of Charleston and the Lowcountry. Whether you have an interest in early southern culture, decorative arts, historic weaponry or military history, The Charleston Museum has something for everyone in your family.

  • The Charleston Museum
  • 360 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29403
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-2996
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 12 – 5 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • $10 for SC Residents
  • Youth (13-17) $10
  • Children (3 – 12) $5
  • Children under 3 free
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3

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry offers nine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated Art Room, which allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through the power of PLAY.

  • The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
  • 25 Ann St
  • Charleston, SC 29403
  • Phone
  • (843) 853-8962
  • Hours
  • Mon, closed
  • Tue - Sat 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 12 – 5 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • $10 for SC Residents
  • Children over 1 years old $12
  • Children under 12 months are free
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4

Joseph Manigault House

One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures, the Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there.

  • Joseph Manigault House
  • 350 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29403
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-2996
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 12 – 5 pm
  • Last tour begins at 4:30 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • Youth (13-17) $10
  • Children (3 – 12) $5
  • Children under 3 free.
  • Combination tickets with The Charleston Museum and the Heyward-Washington House available. $18 for 2 sites, $28 for 3 sites.
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5

Washington Light Infantry

Founded in 1807, the Washington Light Infantry is one of America’s oldest militia units. Its historic military collections feature uniforms, weapons, flags and accouterments from the Civil War to present day.

  • Washington Light Infantry
  • 287 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Hours
  • Visitation by appointment only.
  • Phone
  • 843-722-1807
  • Admission
  • Free
6

Confederate Museum

Since 1898, the Daughters of the Confederacy have operated the Museum, whose collection includes flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia. Market Hall, which now houses the museum, was built in 1841.

  • Confederate Museum
  • 188 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Hours
  • Sun – Mon closed
  • Tues - Sat 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • Phone
  • (843) 723-1541
  • Admission
  • Adults & Teens $5
  • Children (6 – 12) $3
  • Children under 6 free.
7

The Powder Magazine

The Powder Magazine (circa 1713), South Carolina's oldest public building, served as an arsenal within the walled city of Charleston. Interact with interpreters and explore museum exhibits devoted to Charleston's colonial and Revolutionary War history.

  • The Powder Magazine
  • 79 Cumberland Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • 843-722-9350
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sun 1 – 4 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $5
  • Children (6 – 12) $2
  • Children under 6 free.
  • $10 group / family rate (up to 5 guests)
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The Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art, the oldest museum building in the South, is home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The Museum connects the city and region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene.

  • The Gibbes Museum of Art
  • 135 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-2706
  • Hours
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 5pm
  • Friday: 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
  • Admission
  • Children age 0 – 3 Free
  • Children age 4 – 17 $6
  • College Student (with valid ID)$10, (Free Wednesdays from 4pm – 8pm)
  • Adult $12
  • Senior, 62+ $10
  • Military (with valid ID) $10
9

Old Slave Mart Museum

The only remaining structure from a complex of buildings known as Ryan’s Mart, where hundreds of slave auctions were held from 1856 to 1863, the Old Slave Mart Museum exhibits focus on the domestic slave trade from the perspectives of historically-documented buyers, traders, and enslaved African Americans, and speak to their stories, contributions and legacies.

  • Old Slave Mart Museum
  • 6 Chalmers Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 958-6467
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $7
  • Children (7 – 17) $5
  • Children 6 and under free.
  • Military, Students, and Seniors $5.
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10

South Carolina Historical Society

Established in 1855, the South Carolina Historical Society is dedicated to expanding, preserving, and making accessible our invaluable collection, and encouraging interest and pride in the rich history of our state.

With collections that date from 1670 and include books, manuscripts, plats and images, historical and genealogical researchers are welcome to research at our Archives site.

As of March 1, 2016, the Robert Mills Fireproof Building will be temporarily closed for renovation. Researchers are welcome to research our collection, located on the third floor of Addlestone Library, at 205 Calhoun Street.

  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • 100 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 723-3225 ext. 114
  • Hours - Addlestone Library
  • Mon - Fri 9 am – 5 pm

Tours of the Headquarters, located at the National Historic Robert Mill’s Fireproof Building (c1827) at the southeast corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets (100 Meeting Street), are by appointment or by checking the website for events.

  • Admission
  • Free
11

Postal Museum

In 1896, the existing post office moved to the new Post Office Building, erected over the ruins of the old police station, destroyed in the earthquake of 1886. The building at Meeting and Broad streets is the oldest continuously operated post office in the Carolinas.

  • Postal Museum
  • Broad St & Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Lobby Hours
  • Mon-Fri 7 – 5
  • Sat. 7 – 12
  • Museum Hours
  • Mon – Fri 11:30 – 3:30
12

Heyward-Washington House

Built in 1772, Charleston’s Revolutionary War House was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary War patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house features magnificent Charleston-made furniture and a formal 18th century garden.

  • Heyward-Washington House
  • 87 Church St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-2996
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 12 – 5 pm
  • Last tour begins at 4:30 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • Youth (13-17) $10
  • Children (3 – 12) $5
  • Children under 3 free.
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13

Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Built in 1808, the grand Federal style townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell is a National Historic Landmark. Set amid spacious gardens, the house boasts graceful interiors, a notable collection of decorative and fine arts, and a magnificent free-flying staircase.

  • Nathaniel Russell House Museum
  • 51 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 724-8481
  • Hours
  • Mon - Sat 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 2 – 5 pm
  • Last tour begins at 4:30 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • Children (6 – 16) $5
  • Children under 6 free.
  • Combination ticket with the Aiken-Rhett House Museum $18
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14

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Completed in 1771, the building is recognized as one of the three most historic colonial public buildings in the United States. Visitors can explore Charleston’s colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War past while retracing the steps of presidents, patriots and pirates.

  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • 122 East Bay Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 727-2165
  • Hours
  • open daily, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $10
  • Children (7 to 12) $5
  • Children 6 and under are free.
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15

Edmondston-Alston House

One of the first dwellings built on the High Battery in 1825, the House overlooks Charleston Harbor and depicts the 19th-century commitment to elegance, style and comfort with its fine collection of family furnishings, books, silver and paintings.

  • Edmondston-Alston House
  • 21 East Battery
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-7171
  • Hours
  • Tues - Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 1 - 4:30 pm
  • Mon 1 - 4:30 pm
  • Admission
  • Adults $12
  • Students $8
  • Children under 6 free.
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16

Second Presbyterian Church

Organized as an outgrowth of the First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, this congregation attracted a new generation of Scottish merchants who planned an ambitious building, which was then outside of the boundaries of the city.

  • Second Presbyterian Church
  • 328 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 723-9237
17

Citadel Square Baptist Church

The first spire of this Romanesque Revival style church was toppled by a hurricane in 1885 and the second by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. In 1990, a new steeple was raised which matched the 224-foot height of the first.

  • Citadel Square Baptist Church
  • 328 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 577-3707
18

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the oldest AME church in the south. It is referred to as "Mother Emanuel". Emanuel has one of the largest and oldest black congregations south of Baltimore, MD.

  • Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 110 Calhoun Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-2561
19

Trinity United Methodist Church

Perhaps the least altered of Charleston’s late-Greek Revival church buildings, this imposing structure presents a monumental Corinthian-columned portico and massive dual flight of stone steps. In 1926, the Trinity Methodist congregation purchased the building from Westminster Presbyterian Church.

  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • 273 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-8449
20

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

Founded in 1749, this became the first Reform Jewish congregation in the United States in 1841, and is the fourth oldest Jewish congregation in the continental United States. The current sanctuary, c. 1840, is a National Historic Landmark. It has been described as one of the most impressive examples of Greek Revival architecture in America.

  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
  • 90 Hasell Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-8449
21

St. Johannes Evangelical Lutheran Church

Distinguished architect Edward Brickell White designed this Classical Tuscan church building at the corner of Anson and Hasell Streets. The sanctuary , at a cost of $11,000 was completed on June 15th and dedicated on June 22nd, 1842. In March 1872, the congregation now known as St. Matthew's Lutheran Church moved from this location to a new edifice on King Street. The building which they formerly occupied was sold to Salem Baptist Church in 1872 which they occupied until 1878. A group of 53 Lutherans from St. Matthews Lutheran Church decided to return to their original location and organized this congregation to be known as the “Deutschen Evangelisch-Lutherischen Sanct Johannes Kirche on April 11th, 1878.

  • St. Johannes Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • 48 Hasell St
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • 843-722-8906
22

St. Mary of the Annunciation

This building is the third church on the site and houses the first Roman Catholic congregation established in the Carolinas and Georgia. The group purchased the site about the time the congregation was incorporated by the South Carolina Legislature in 1791.

  • St. Mary of the Annunciation
  • 89 Hasell Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-7696
23

Circular Congregational Church, U.C.C.

Founded in 1681, Circular Church is one of the oldest continuously worshipping congregations in the Southeast. Today, it has over 300 members and is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

  • Circular Congregational Church, U.C.C.
  • 150 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 577-6400
  • Hours of Operation
  • Tours, M-F at 10:30
24

St. Philip’s Church

Established in 1680, St. Philip’s is a center of vibrant worship seeking to live out its mission statement of building up the Body for the work of the Gospel. All visitors are welcome.

  • St. Philip’s Church
  • 142 Church Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-7734
25

French Huguenot Church

This church was designed by renowned Charleston architect Edward Brickell Wright for the oldest continuously active Huguenot congregation in the United States, organized in 1687. Each year, a service is conducted in French commemorating the Edict of Nantes.

  • French Huguenot Church
  • 140 Church Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-4385
26

St. Michael’s Church

St. Michael’s Church has long been considered one of America’s most sophisticated colonial church buildings. Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, signer of the U.S. Constitution, are buried in the graveyard.

  • French Huguenot Church
  • 71 Broad Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 723-0603
27

First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

First Scots is one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in the city and its churchyard contains over fifty 18th century gravestones. Ties to the Church of Scotland are exemplified by the stained glass window depicting its seal.

  • First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
  • 53 Meeting Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-8882
28

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, Charleston, the earliest Baptist church in the South was organized on September 25, 1682 in Kittery, Maine, under the sponsorship of the First Baptist Church of Boston. Late in 1696, the pastor William Screven, and 28 members of the Kittery congregation immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina.

  • First Baptist Church
  • 61 Church Street
  • Charleston, SC 29401
  • Phone
  • (843) 722-3896