The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum
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Established in 1773, The Charleston Museum is America's First Museum. The Museum's collection is comprised of over two million objects across five collections. Our collections include History, Historical Archaeology, Natural History, Historic Textiles, and Archives.

History & Mission

The Charleston Museum's mission is to educate Charleston area residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry through collections, exhibitions, preservation, conservation, research, and related programming.

Founded in 1773 and commonly regarded as "America's First Museum," The Charleston Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established by the Charleston Library Society on the eve of the American Revolution. Its early history was characterized by distinguished South Carolinians and scientific figures including Charleston Cotesworth Pickney, Thomas Heywardd, Jr., Reverend John Bachman, and John J. Audubon. Progressively acquired since the late 18th century, the Museum's collections now represent the most comprehensive assemblage of South Carolina materials in teh nation. Focusing on the South Carolina Lowcountry, modern collecting emphases include natural history, historical material culture and both documentary and photographic resources.

The Charleston Museum and its Historic Houses

The Charleston Museum

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