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.