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Charleston SC Museums

Charleston is a rich city full of history and culture. Whether you are interested in history, art, gardens, naval history, or are looking for fun things to do in Charleston, SC with your kids, Charleston has the perfect museum for you. The city also has a Museum Mile, a group of museums all located within a mile of each other.

The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, is one of the oldest museums in the country. This museum has exhibits that show the natural history, local history, historic weaponry, military history, and art of Charleston. The exhibits feature fossils of animals that used to roam this area, textiles, and artwork from the Lowcountry, and furniture built by the people of Charleston. This museum is a part of Museum Mile.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

If you are looking for a fun, hands-on Charleston museum for your kids, check out Charleston’s children’s museum. This museum features nine interactive exhibits where your kids can explore and learn about the history of the Lowcountry. Exhibits include an art room, a pirate ship, a fire truck, a garden where they can pick plants, a medieval castle, and an infant & toddler playspace. This museum is also part of Museum Mile.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

If you are interested in naval history on your list of things to do in Charleston SC, you should be sure to check out this museum. One of South Carolina’s most unique attractions allows you to explore a USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, a USS Laffey destroyer, and a USS Clamagore submarine. It also has 28 historic aircraft, a three-acre Vietnam exhibit, the Apollo 8 capsule, and over 40 interactive exhibits. The museum offers guided tours, flight simulators, and helicopter rides.

Gibbes Museum of Art

If you are interested in learning about the art of Charleston’s art scene both present and past, check out the Gibbes Museum of Art. This art museum features over 10,000 pieces of work primarily from the Carolinas. It gives you a look into the culture of the Lowcountry and allows you to learn about the history of the region. This museum is a part of Museum Mile.

Calhoun Mansion

The Calhoun Mansion is a Victorian house built in Charleston in 1876. The 24,000-foot-home has more than thirty rooms and a ballroom with 45-foot-high ceilings. The mansion is full of artwork and gaudy pieces from the period. You can take a tour of the mansion on your list of Charleston things to do to learn all about its history.

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This Charleston museum, built in 1713, is the oldest government building in South Carolina. The building was used as an arsenal from 1713 to 1748 and was later used in the American Revolution to defend the city. Throughout its years it has been used as a print shop, a livery stable, a wine cellar, and a carriage house. Today, you can visit the museum and learn about the colonial military history of the Carolinas. This museum is also part of Charleston’s Museum Mile.

Find More Things to Do in Charleston, SC

There are just a few of the many Charleston museums. If you would like to find out more information about other museums in the city or other things to do in Charleston, SC, we invite you to download our free Insider’s Guide to Charleston for further recommendations.

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