Charleston, SC 29403
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00a - 5:00p | Sunday - 1:00p - 5:00p
The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, is the oldest museum in the United States. First opened to the public in 1824, the Museum developed prominent collections, which Harvard scientist Louis Aggasiz declared in 1852 to be among the finest in America. Due to the Civil War, operations of the museum were temporarily suspended, but reopened after the war.
The Museum's collections now represent the most comprehensive collection of South Carolina materials in the nation. Focusing on the South Carolina Lowcountry, modern collecting emphases include natural history, historical material culture and both documentary and photographic resources. Enjoy the rich variety of exhibited objects ranging from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton to Civil War artifacts and historic Charleston silver.