Charleston Museum Re-Opened

The Charleston Museum re-opened on May 27, 2020. The tentative plan is for the Joseph Manigault House to open on Monday, June 1, and the Heywood-Washington house on Monday, June 15.  Check the Charleston Museum website for the most recent information.

Two new exhibits are on display.

Etchings to PastelsFrom Etchings to Pastels: An Artistic Renewal of the Charleston Renaissance New Exhibit in the Lowcountry Image Gallery

May 27 – October 6, 2020 in the Photography Gallery

Inspired by original etchings from The Charleston Museum’s Archives, the Pastel Society of South Carolina’s members interpret these works of art in their own medium. View the works side by side and vote for your “People’s Choice Award”, to be announced at the end of the exhibit. Original etchings include the works of Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Hutty and Antoinette Rhett.

Bathing SuitsShapes of Summer: Historic Bathing Suits

May 27 – September 8, 2020 in The Textile Gallery

Learn more about the history behind our favorite summer essential and how “bathing” garments evolved into swimwear for both men and women.

The Charleston Museum is committed to ensuring the health and safety of members, visitors, and staff.  For protocols the Museum has implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what visitors can do to help keep the Museum and historic houses safe for everyone, read more.

What to expect on your next visit:

  • Museum staff have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures at the Museum and historic houses, consistent with DHEC, OSHA, and CDC guidelines, with hourly cleaning of frequently touched areas.
  • Because of the many touchable components within them, Kidstory and the Bunting Classroom will be temporarily closed, for the safety of you and your children.
  • The Historic Textiles Gallery try-on clothing station, Bunting Natural History Gallery iPads, and study drawers will be temporarily unavailable.
  • The coat check will be temporarily unavailable, and visitors will be required to keep personal items with them at all times.
  • Plexiglas sneeze guards have been installed at the Visitor Services Desk.
  • Touchless credit card transactions (visitors will receive a ticket for multi-site tickets) are in place at the Museum and historic houses.
  • Signage to promote social distancing and handwashing have been installed throughout the Museum.
  • Tours at the historic houses will be provided on the hour so that the staff have more time to sanitize the house (the last tour beginning at 4 pm). Please note that the Joseph Manigault House will not be open until June 1 and the Heyward-Washington House will not open until June 15.
  • Staff will be wearing face shields or masks when working in close proximity to visitors or other staff.
  • Staff are required to check their temperature before coming to work.

How you can help:

  • Visitors are encouraged to wear masks.
  • Visitors are asked to limit elevator use to their immediate party.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check their temperature before visiting one of the Museum’s sites.
  • Visitors are required to keep personal items with them at all times as the coat check will be unavailable at the Museum.
  • Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing while in the Museum’s galleries and at the historic houses.
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