On January 12, 1773, members of the Charleston Library Society founded America’s first museum, which would evolve over time to become The Charleston Museum. Although established to examine the “natural history” of South Carolina, its focus soon took on a more cosmopolitan nature and its collections included significant objects from around the world. Although it still exhibits objects from its early collections, beginning in 1983, the Museum devoted its mission specifically to the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Today the Museum’s collections, which includes over 2.4 million objects, are unmatched in their interpretive value to Lowcountry South Carolina history.
The Charleston Museum will commemorate its 250th milestone anniversary with a special celebration on January 12, 2023. This event is FREE and open to the public with registration, (register here).
The evening will begin in the Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium with remarks from Carl Borick, director of The Charleston Museum; followed by a special keynote speaker, Anthea M. Hartig, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and a celebratory reception in the main lobby, which will feature a special anniversary craft beer, 1773 Anniversary Ale, proudly brewed by Holy City Brewery, along with other libations and refreshments.
About The Charleston Museum:
The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773 and considered America's first museum, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 360 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. The Museum is home to the most extensive collection of South Carolina-related natural and cultural history materials known, two National Historic Landmark Houses and the Dill Sanctuary, a 580-acre wildlife preserve. The Museum's mission is 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. Museum exhibits provide a comprehensive overview of the South Carolina Lowcountry, while its historic houses offer insight into the families that owned the properties, the people they enslaved, and historic Charleston architecture. The Dill Sanctuary is only available for special scheduled programs.
For information, please visit https://www.charlestonmuseum.org/ or call 843-722-2996.