The Charleston Museum – Americas First Museum

360 Meeting Street,
SC – 29403

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‘America’s First Museum, 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.

Inspired in part by the creation of the British Museum (1759), the Museum was established in 1773 by the Charleston Library Society and is commonly regarded as America’s first museum. Its early history was characterized by association with distinguished South Carolinians and scientific figures including Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Reverend John Bachman and John J. Audubon. Many of the original collections were destroyed by fire in 1778 and operations were suspended during the American Revolution; however, collecting resumed in the 1790s.’

‘First opened to the public in 1824, the Museum developed prominent collections declared in 1852 by Harvard scientist Louis Aggasiz to be among the finest in America.

Operations were temporarily suspended due to the Civil War, but began again shortly after the conflict.

Progressively acquired from the late 18th century to the present, the Museum’s collections now present the oldest-acquired and the most comprehensive assemblage of South Carolina materials in the nation.

Modern collecting emphases include natural science, ornithology, historical material culture and both documentary and photographic resources.’

Hours of Operation

Museum – Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5

Historic Houses – Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5


Museum – $10/adults, $5/children 4-12, children 3 and under free

Historic Houses – $10 adults, $5/children 4-12, children 3 and under free

Group rates and discounted multi-site tickets available

Information and Prices subject to change

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Calhoun Mansion – Charleston, S.C.

Calhoun Mansion, Charleston, S.C.

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The Largest Privately Owned Home in Charleston.

16 Meeting Street,
SC – 29401

‘Nothing else on the Charleston Peninsula compares to the Calhoun Mansion.

Boasting a striking italianate design, the Calhoun Mansion, the largest residence in Charleston, has 35 rooms, a grand ballroom, japanese water gardens, 35 fireplaces, 75 foot high domed stairhall ceiling, khoi ponds, private elevator, three levels of piazzas, ornate chandeliers, a 90 foot cupola, and many more wonderful surprises that make up the house’s more than 24,000 square feet.’

‘Italianate manor house built in 1876 currently used as a private home and a museum; includes photos, tour schedule, and history of the property.’

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The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina – Charleston, S.C.

The Citadel - Inside of PT Barracks (Wikipedia)

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171 Moultrie Street,
SC – 29409

‘The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, also known simply as The Citadel, is a state-supported, comprehensivecollege located in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. It is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States, and has 14academic departments divided into five schools offering 20 majors & 25 minors.’

‘The Citadel is best known for its undergraduate Corps of Cadets military program which combines academics, physical challenges and military discipline.’

Core values – Honor, Duty, Respect.

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Read the History of The Citadel on Wikipedia 

The Citadel and cadets has been depicted in books, movies and music videos including:

– Dear John

– For the Boys

– Pat Conroys novel ‘The Lords of Discipline’

– Tom Schroders novel ‘The Citadel’

– Dave Matthews Bands video ‘American Baby’

and others.

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The Confederate Museum – Charleston, S.C.

Confederate Museum, Charleston, S.C.
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188 Meeting Street
SC – 29401
The Confederate Museum is located above the open-air market a National Historic Landmark

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11AM – 3:30PM,  Closed on Sundays and Mondays/ Call to verify hours and days. 

Admission: Adults & Teens $5.00—-6 – 12 years old $3.00, Under 6 Free

Built in 1841.

Contains the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum.

During the Civil War the hall was a recruiting station.

Features Greek Revival-style architecture.

The museum has a library, exhibits and artifacts of the confederacy.

Donations Always Welcomed ~
Mail to: Confederate Museum
P.O. Box 20997
Charleston, SC 29413

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The Dill Sanctuary – Charleston, S.C.

1163 Riverland Dr.,
SC – 29412
The Dill Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary owned by The Charleston Museum.  
Not open to the public except as part of a specific Charleston Museum program.
“The Dill Sanctuary – located on James Island contains assorted habitats for wildlife and numerous cultural features including three earthen Confederate batteries and prehistoric, colonial, antebellum, and postbellum archaeological sites. The Dill Sanctuary has been protected for purposes of preservation, wildlife enhancement, research and education, and is used only for Museum-sponsored programs. Habitat has been enhanced by creation of a six-acre wildlife pond, with three nesting islands, which provides a reliable source of fresh water for animals and nesting sites for both migratory and resident birds. 2001 saw the construction of the Dill Education Center and bathroom facilities which hosts Museum education programs.”
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Telephone:  (843) 722-2996

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