Charleston Museum


Founded in 1773 and commonly regarded as America's First Museum, the Charleston Museum was inspired, in part, by the creation of the British Museum. The Charleston Museum was established by the Charleston LIbrary Society on the eve of the American Revolution and its early history was characterized by association with distinquished South Carolinians and scientific figures. The Museum's collections now represent the most comprehensive assemblage of South Carolina materials in the nation.

Mission Statement

To educate Charleston area residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry through collections, exhibitions, preservation, conservation, research, and related programming.