Visitors to Charleston can spend several days touring the city’s museums and learning about the area’s history, art and culture. In the Gibbs Museum of Art, you will see a collection of European and American works of art that reflect Charleston’s history from colonial days through Porgy and Bess until modern times. The Charleston City Hall has a gallery that displays numerous works of art.
The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and is the oldest museum in the country. It houses a collection that reveals the natural history and culture of Charleston and the South Carolina Low Country. History buffs can explore the Confederate Museum, the American Military Museum, the H. L. Hunley Display and Fort Sumter. View artifacts from the American Civil War, the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy warship and the palce where it all began. Stop by the Old Exchange and Dungeon to see where slaves were sold within earshot of the balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was read. Visit the museum ships and displays located at Patriots Point, including the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown to see how the Allies prevailed in the Pacific during World War II.
Families will enjoy the Children’s Museum of the Low Country. Children can climb aboard a pirate ship, make it rain and explore science in action as they enjoy the numerous interactive displays. In addition to the museums, there are numerous historical sites well worth visiting.
Explore the rich, diverse culture and history of the Charleston by visiting it’s wide variety of museums.