Cultural Institutions

Charleston Museum

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The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, was founded in 1773.  Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.  We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City.

Exhibitions feature objects from our extensive cultural, historic and natural history collections and introduce you to the rich heritage of the Lowcountry, whose social and architectural legacy is reflected in our two premier historic houses.  Whether you have an interest in early Southern furniture or in Southeastern birds, The Charleston Museum has something for everyone in your family.

The Charleston Museum offers diverse programs designed to supplement a variety of curricula.  Emphasis is on personal discovery and hands-on activities; all programs are geared to the level of the group scheduled.  Each program includes pre-visit materials, which are sent with the confirmation.  During the programs, students are given the opportunity to handle mounted animals and/or original artifacts.

2005 Lowcountry Teacher at the Charleston Museum

Stephanie Thomas
Education Director

(843) 722-2996 ext. 236

360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403