Mu­se­ums

Where Charleston - - The Guide -

AVERY RE­SEARCH CEN­TER FOR AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY AND

CUL­TURE  This is your win­dow to the Gul­lah cul­ture, which shaped much of the area. For­merly the site of the Avery Nor­mal In­sti­tute, a prestigious AfricanAmer­i­can pri­vate school, the cen­ter at the Col­lege of Charleston houses per­ma­nent and trav­el­ing ex­hibits. Free. M-F tours, 10:30 and 11:30 am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm; closed daily from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. avery.cofc.edu. 125 Bull St., 843.953.7609.

THE CHARLESTON MU­SEUM  Re­garded as “Amer­ica’s first mu­seum,” this in­sti­tu­tion show­cases a va­ri­ety of cul­tural and nat­u­ral his­tory ar­ti­facts that tell the story of the South Carolina Low­coun­try. Ad­mis­sion: $5-12. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www. charleston­mu­seum.org. 360 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2996. CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM OF THE LOW COUN­TRY Nine in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits in­clud­ing a two-story Me­dieval castle, a pi­rate ship and an art room al­low chil­dren to ex­plore the arts, sciences and hu­man­i­ties through their own hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences. Ad­mis­sion $1012. Open Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.ex­plorecml.org/cml. 25 Ann St., 843.853.8962.

GIBBES MU­SEUM OF ART Re­cently ren­o­vated, The Gibbes houses a premier col­lec­tion of fine art— prin­ci­pally Amer­i­can works with a Charleston or South­ern con­nec­tion—in­clud­ing more than 600 paint­ings, minia­ture por­traits, sculp­tures, pho­tog­ra­phy and more. Up­com­ing: “Artists Paint­ing Artists,” May 5-Sept. 10; “Artist, Sci­en­tist, Ex­plorer: Mark Catesby in the Caroli­nas,”

May 12-Sept. 24. Open Tu and Th-Sa 10 am-5 pm, W 10 am-8 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $6-17. www.gibbesmu­seum.org. 135 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2706. NORTH CHARLESTON AND AMER­I­CAN LAFRANCE FIRE MU­SEUM  The ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter houses 18 antique fire engines, ex­hibits the his­tory of fire­fight­ing and pro­motes fire preven­tion and safety. Ad­mis­sion: $6. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.lega­cy­ofheroes.org. 4975 Cen­tre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, 843.740.5550.

OLD SLAVE MART MU­SEUM  The mu­seum tells the sto­ries of the African-Amer­i­cans who passed through its gates and their con­tri­bu­tions to Amer­i­can so­ci­ety and cul­ture. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm. www.old­slave­mart­mu­seum.com. 6 Chalmers St., 843.958.6467. PA­TRI­OTS POINT NAVAL & MAR­ITIME

MU­SEUM  Ex­pe­ri­ence the Con­gres­sional Medal of Honor Mu­seum and other ex­hibits aboard the WWII Air­craft Car­rier York­town. Plus, ex­plore the Sub­ma­rine Cla­m­agore, De­stroyer Laf­fey, Coast Guard Cut­ter Ing­ham, Cold War Sub­ma­rine Me­mo­rial and the Viet­nam Base Camp. Open daily 9

am- 6:30 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $14-22. www. pa­tri­ot­s­point.org. 40 Pa­tri­ots Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.884.2727.

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