Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth Street

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Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Gov. and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s, this house and its outbuildings have survived as a time capsule virtually unaltered since 1858. The Aiken-Rhett property features an extensive audio tour.

www.historiccharleston.org
(843) 723-1159
vperry@historiccharleston.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 10-5,
Sun 2-5

Admission
$10 Adults; $5 Children 6-16;
Children under 6 free.
Combination tickets with the Nathaniel Russell House available.

 

The Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street

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America’s first museum showcases the cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Enjoy the rich variety of exhibited objects ranging from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton to Civil War artifacts and historic Charleston silver.

www.charlestonmuseum.org
(843) 722-2996
info@charlestonmuseum.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5

Admission
$10 Adults; $5 Children 3-12,
Children under 3 free. Combination tickets with the Heyward-Washington House and the Joseph Manigault House available.

 

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

25 Ann Street

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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry offers eight hands-on interactive learning environments for children 3 months to 10 years! Take the helm of the CML Pirate Ship, climb to the top of a Medieval Castle, fill your basket in the Charleston Market grocery, or unleash your creative spirit in the dedicated Art Room.

www.explorecml.org
(843) 853-8962
info@explorecml.org

Hours of Operation
Tue-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5,Mon closed

Admission
$10 per person

$8 for SC Residents

Children under one, free.

 

Joseph Manigault House

350 Meeting Street

Joseph Manigault House Pic “Charleston’s Huguenot House” was built in 1803 and is a premier example of Adam-style, or Federal, architecture. The outstanding collection of American, English and French furnishings of the period captures the lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family.

www.charlestonmuseum.org
(843) 722-2996
info@charlestonmuseum.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5

Admission
$10 Adults; $5 Children 3-12,
Children under 3 free.Combination tickets with The Charleston Museum and the Heyward-Washington House available.

Washington Light Infantry

287 Meeting Street

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


washingtonlightinfantry.org
843-722-1807
Info@washingtonlightinfantry.org

Visitation by appointment only.
No entrance fee.

 

Confederate Museum

Market Hall, 188 Meeting St

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Market Hall was built in 1841. Since 1898, the Daughters of the Confederacy has operated the Confederate Museum, which contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia.

www.confederatemuseum.org
(843) 723-1541

Hours of Operation
Tue-Sat 11-3:30
Sun-Mon closed
(Jan-Feb, Thurs-Sat only)

Admission
$5 Adults & Teens; $3 Age 6-12; Children under 6 free.

 

The Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland Street

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South Carolina’s oldest public building, The Powder Magazine (circa 1713) served as an arsenal within the old walled city of Charleston. Interact with historians and see museum exhibits that relate to Charleston’s colonial and American Revolution history. The Powder Magazine offers periodic living
history programming.

www.powdermag.org
(843) 722-9350
alan@powdermag.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 1pm-4pm

Admission
$5 Adults; $2 Children 6-12;
Children under 6 free.
$10 group/family rate (up to 5 guests)

 

Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

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The Gibbes Museum of Art will be closing temporarily for renovations in fall 2014. Exhibitions are available through August, 2014.

Experience Charleston’s history through art! Focusing on art of the American South, the Gibbes presents special exhibitions year-round. Explore stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, sculpture, photographs and more. Complimentary Cell Phone Audio Tour..


www.gibbesmuseum.org
(843) 722-2706

Hours of Operation
Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5

Admission
$9 Adults; $7 Seniors, Students,
Military; $5 Children 6-12;
Children under 6 free.

 

Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers Street

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The Old Slave Mart is 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 Museum’s exhibits focus on this domestic slave trade from the perspectives of historically-documented buyers, traders and enslaved African Americans, and speak to their stories, contributions and legacies..


www.charlestoncity.info

(843) 958-6467

Hours of Operation

Mon-Sat 9-5

Admission
$7 Adults; $5 for Children ages 5-17;
Children 6 and under free.

 

South Carolina Historical Society

Fireproof Building, 100 Meeting Street

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The Historical Society collects, preserves and publishes South Carolina’s history. Collections date from 1670 and include books, manuscripts, plats and images. Historical and genealogical
researchers welcome.

www.schsonline.org
(843) 723-3225x21
Virginia.ellison@schsonline.org

 

Hours of Operation
Research: Tue-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-2
Tours: by appointment

Admission
$5 per day for research or tour.

 

Postal Museum

Corner of Meeting and Broad Streets

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The Postal Museum explains the area’s postal history. In 1896 the post office moved to the new Post Office Building, which was 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.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9-5

 

Heyward-Washington House

87 Church Street

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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.


www.charlestonmuseum.org
(843) 722-2996
info@charlestonmuseum.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5

Admission
$10 adults; $5 children 3-12, under 3 free.

Combination tickets with The Charleston Museum and the Joseph Manigault House available.

 

Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting Street

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Visitors have admired the grand Federal style townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell since its completion in 1808. Set amid spacious formal gardens, this National Historic Landmark contains a magnificent free-flying staircase.


www.historiccharleston.org
(843) 724-8481
vperry@historiccharleston.org

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 2-5

Admission
$10 adults; $5 children 6-16; under 6, free.
Combination tickets with the Aiken-Rhett House available.

 

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street

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Completed in 1771, this is one of America’s three most historic colonial-era public buildings. Today visitors can explore Charleston’s colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War past while retracing the steps of presidents, patriots and pirates!


www.oldexchange.com

(843) 727-2165
youmanst@ci.charleston.sc.us

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sun 9-5

Admission
$8 Adults; $4 Children 7-12
Children 6 and under free.


Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery

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The Edmondston-Alston House was one of the first dwellings built on the High Battery in 1825. A tour of the exquisitely decorated house, overlooking the harbor, depicts 19th-century commitment to elegance, style and comfort with its fine collection of family furnishings, books, silver and paintings.


www.edmondstonalston.com
(843) 722-7171
vmizel@middletonplace.org

Hours of Operation
Tues-Sat 10-4:30,
Sun 1:00-4:30,
Mon 1-4:30


Admission
$12 Adults; $8 Students;
Children under 6 free.