Charleston Museums & History

Charleston Museums & HistoryThere's no question that Charleston is a city that is steeped in American history. This part of the country was the backdrop to some of our nation's most difficult and dramatic episodes that included the rise and fall of slavery, the American Revolution and the Civil War. In the years since then, Charleston has put the past in proper perspective in order to both learn from it and move forward to a better future. The stories of those past events are preserved in a number of Charleston's excellent museums that all have different perspectives of the same story to tell.

American Military Museum
The American Military Museum is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Situated in Aquarium Wharf in Fort Sumter, this military history attraction gathers authentic artifacts from 14 American conflicts that span the Revolutionary War through the present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. These impressive pieces are housed in 70 display cases that feature uniforms, tags, medals and various other items. The artifacts on display all work together to tell a dramatic, ongoing story of how important and essential all our nation's military branches are to the security and future of the United States of America.

Address: 360 Concord Street, Suite 9, Charleston, SC 29401 - MAP
Phone: (843) 577-7000
Web: www.americanmilitarymuseum.org

The Charleston Museum
The Charleston Museum has the distinction of being the oldest museum in the United States. It was founded in 1773 and the museum consistently maintains and presents exhibits that all portray various aspects of the history of the Lowcountry. Another popular highlight is the interactive childrens' area. Also, the museum owns and operates the Heyward-Washington House and the Joseph Manigault House, two other historically significant sites in Charleston. Combination tickets for the museum and these sites are also available.

Address: 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403 - MAP
Phone: (843) 722-2996
Web: www.charlestonmuseum.org

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Kids love to interact and get involved with their learning, and nowhere is that more welcomed than at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. Various interactive exhibits can be found all around this excellent facility, as the kids can explore and interact within various scenarios in the garden, waterworks, a supermarket and much more. There's even an interactive exhibit that features shrimping, which is an unquestionably familiar dish in the Lowcountry. In addition to these specially designed exhibits, there are various programs and classes scheduled throughout the year.

Address: 25 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403 - MAP
Phone: (843) 853-8962
Web: www.explorecml.org

Citadel Museum
If you or someone you know is a real military buff, then the stories, history and other worthwhile exhibits await at the Citadel Museum. The museum focuses on the history of the Military College of South Carolina and the Corps of Cadets, and features several historic pieces and artifacts as well as photographs and documents that make up their extensive archive. These interesting and detailed exhibits range from 1842 to the present day.

Address: 171 Moultrie Street, Citadel Campus, Charleston, SC 29409 - MAP
Phone: (843) 953-6846
Web: www3.citadel.edu

The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art has worked hard to earn the respect of both critics and art lovers as it has consistently striven to present the work of some of the most influential artists in America that date as far back as the 16th century.. More significantly, they appropriately focus on some of South Carolina's most famous artists like Peale, Sully and West, whose works are prominently displayed in this impressive and well-designed facility.

Address: 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 - MAP
Phone: (843) 722-2706
Web: www.gibbesmuseum.org

South Carolina Aquarium
From feeding the stingrays to getting up close and personal with a dolphin, you can do it all and more at the South Carolina Aquarium. See the amazing world that lives underwater from the vantage point of one of the deep blue panoramic aquariums, see the winged life that resides in the Saltmarsh Aviary or reach out and touch your favorite creature in the Touch Tank. Plus, the younger visitors will feel right at home in Toddler Cove while the older kids (and mom and dad, too) will no doubt love the 4-D Theater experience. Special presentations, exhibits and other educational opportunities are scheduled throughout the year as well.

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401 - MAP
Phone: (843) 720-1990
Web: www.scaquarium.org