Established in 1773, the Charleston Museum bills itself as "America's first museum." Its eclectic and highly regarded collection includes historical artifacts, natural history, decorative arts, and two historic Charleston houses. Take a look inside in the video below!
The museum's broad focus allows for a variety of fascinating permanent exhibitions. In the realm of history, there are permanent exhibits on the American Revolution, the Civil War, and colonial and African American history. The Armory showcases historic weaponry dating from 1750 to the 20th century.
The "Early Days" exhibit displays a wide-ranging collection of exotic items from the around the world that reflect the museum's cosmopolitan focus in the nineteenth century. Highlights include an Egyptian mummy, Greek and Roman artifacts, and jarred biological specimens preserved in rum. Finally, a natural history gallery is home to extraordinary fossils, specimens, bird and animal mounts, and geologic examples native to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Highlights of this exhibition include a skeleton of the Pelagornis, the world's largest known flying bird, and other prehistoric animal species who once lived in the area.
The museum also hosts temporary exhibits and special events. Visitors may choose to see the Charleston Museum, the Heyward-Washington House, and the Joseph Manigault House. Tickets for one, two, or all three sites can be purchased online ahead of your visit.
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