The Charleston Museum currently has nine permanent exhibits on display that together contain over 5,000 objects across the Museum's five distinct collections: Archaeology, Archives, History, Historic Textiles, and Natural History.
In "Becoming Americans", explore Charleston's important role in the American Revolution, from protest to independence. Exhibit highlights: Francis Marion's personal items, artifacts related to British and American Revolutionary War soldiers, including a rare cartridge box and George Washington's inaugural button.
In the "Bunting Natural History Gallery", experience an extraordinary presentation of fossils, specimens, bird and animal mounts, and geologic examples, which together tell the story of Lowcountry natural history. Learn about the diverse array of creatures that once called this area home and the remarkable changes that have taken place in its landscape over hundreds of millions of years.
Exhibit highlights include mounted skeletons of Pelagornis, the world's largest known flying bird, and other prehistoric animals such as an 18-foot long crocodile and a 13-foot tall giant ground sloth.
In the "Lowcountry History Hall", see materials related to the Native Americans who first inhabited the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the colonists and enslaved African Americans who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
Exhibit highlights include some of the earliest known artifacts related to the settlement of Charleston, rare slave badges, "Dave" jars and other Edgefield pottery produced by African American slaves and tools used in rice cultivation and other plantation artifacts.
In the Museum's Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the 20th century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.
Exhibit highlights include Revolutionary War and Civil War era swords, a variety of flintlock, muskets and rifles and weaponry and equipment from WWI and WWII.
In "City Under Siege", see the Museum's newly renovated exhibit concerning Charleston's role in the Civil War, featuring updated display panels and images, along with additional artifacts.
Exhibit highlights include the table and chairs used at the drafting of the ordinance of secession, pike from John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Civil War swords, clothing of a soldier killed at the Battle of Secessionville, fought near Charleston, and more.
In the "Early Days" gallery, see exotic collections from around the world, representative of the Museum's nineteenth-century cosmopolitan collecting focus.
Exhibit highlights include an Egyptian mummy and case, Greek and Roman artifacts, plaster cast of the statue of Pharoah Rameses II, dinosaur tracts and more.
The Charleston Museum is also the perfect place for the youngest history-lovers in the family with a fun and exciting, hands-on exhibit for children where history comes to life.
In the Historic Textiles Gallery, the Museum features regularly rotating exhibits from its rich historic textiles and clothing collection, one of the finest in the southeast.
The current exhibit on display in the Historic Textiles exhibit is "War on Fashion" which takes a look at the way world-wide periods of warfare shaped fashion.