125 Bull Street College of Charleston Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 953 7609
The main mission of this research center is to collect and preserve the rich history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1985, the museum has documented the history of the slave trade, civil and women's rights movement. The center maintains an archive of rich material which is used by researchers, scholars and public alike. A cultural center and a gift shop are additional attractions. The center actively sponsors conferences and exhibits to promote Afro-American culture and history. A number of promotional events and study programs are held periodically.
110 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 722 2561
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as 'Mother Emanuel', is a religious institution developed specially for the people of color. The Church organizes summer camps for students of all ages as also conducts conferences, gospel music classes conducted by renowned artists, which is followed by a concert on the last day of the course. Mother Emanuel also prepares graduating high school students for baccalaureate service. There's so much to Mother Emanuel along with religion and worship.
120 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 724 8395
Originally named "St. John and St. Finbar," the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is noted for its unique stained glass windows and large organ. Apart from baptism and marriages, the church is a venue for many musical concerts. The music ministry aims to portray the stories of Christ through chants, ethnic choirs, modern choirs and instrumentals. Special concerts like the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concert are hosted in the Cathedral. Artists like John Tavener, Eric Whitacre and Olivier Messiaen have given their performances at this venue.
125 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 853 3233
Located besidesGibbes Museum of Art, Wells features works of nearly 20 artists. Each month, through various events, the gallery showcases its wide range of art on display. Featuring landscapes from local Low Country, the various works of art on display are also up for grabs. Such is Well's growing success that it now has three different outlets across the States.
43 John Street Charleston, SC 29403 +1 843 722 7568
The Low Country inhabitants of South Carolina, commonly known as the Gullahs, in order to promote their culture and history started the Chuma Gallery. By hosting a variety of paintings and artworks which derive deep influences from Creole scriptures, the gallery provides impetus to talented Charleston natives. Where there is quality art, praises aren't far away. Not only has the art in Chuma been well received by seasoned players in the field but their timely jazz performances and other side events draws attention from a fair few quarters. Check website for such similar ongoing events.
122 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 727 2165
The historic significance of Old Exchange building will always be divided. Unanimous though remains the praise for its architecture. The balcony was used by George Washington to read the declaration of independence. Word is, for generations the place was used to trade slaves. It also served as confinement for colonial traitors and prisoners. Despite being over two centuries old, the place still exudes colonial charm and the history can be smelt in the air.
188 Meeting Street Market Hall Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 723 1541
The historic significance of Charleston needs no introduction. The City Market at the Historic District has seen many renovations over the years. Situated at the second floor of the Market Hall is the Confederate Museum of Charleston. Part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the museum houses various memorabilia from the State Wars. Blending well with the historic theme of Charleston, the variety of mementos and pictures shed a bright light of the country in darker times.
147 King Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 722 4630
Charleston is steeped in history and tradition and The Preservation Society of Charleston works at preserving the historic monuments by organizing fund raiser programs. One of the organizations major events is the Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. These guided tours are organized to visit about 8-10 private homes that have historic importance. These tours are the best way to get into these beautiful homes and experience them first hand. Special weekend tours are also arranged. Check the website for details on times, places to be visited and regulations.
360 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403 +1 843 722 2996
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is America's first. The museum focuses on local historic, cultural, and natural history. Permanent exhibits include artifacts from 18th and 19th centuries, including slave tags and firearms from the Civil War. They also feature an impressive silver collection which includes the christening cup of George Washington. For those who like natural history, check out the bird collection and skeletons of local prehistoric animals. The museum also books tours with two nearby historic homes, the Joseph Manigualt House and the Heyward-Washington House. Museum and Historic Home prices are USD10 each, but you save if you book for two or more. Check the website for further details.
350 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403 +1 843 722 2996
Designed by Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, this three-story brick house is built in the Adam style, or Federal style of architecture. The mansion features a sweeping staircase and rooms that are decorated in period style. There is also a garden and slave quarters on the property. Each December, the mansion is decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of Charleston, using plants that would have only been available at the start of the 1800s. Tickets can be purchased at the house or through The Charleston Museum. Check the website for further details.
Explore Charleston's piratical past on a tour that begins in
one of Charleston's oldest buildings. Guided by Eric Lavender, in an authentic costume, as well as a parrot, you'll learn stories of the pirates who plundered, partied, and perished ...
Established in 1849, this 128 acre (52 hectare) park was
once a rice plantation on the Cooper River. About 35,000 people are buried here, including 2200 Civil War veterans, Southern leaders, senators and governors. Many plots are surrounded by ...
Washington Square Park is Charleston's first public park. Several statues
and monuments in the park honor some of the great people from South Carolina. The trees bend low as if to embrace you in a thick blanket of greenery ...