Learn about South Carolina’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Aiken-Rhett House Museum
48 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Built in 1820, this town house complex showcases antebellum Charleston. The house and many of its fixtures and furniture have remained virtually untouched since the 1850s. Visitors exploring the home get a taste of 19th-century life in the city.
950 Stony Landing Road
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
The Berkeley Museum is a 5,600-square-foot exhibit building at the Old Santee Canal Park. The museum traces the area’s history back 12,000 years. From the Native Americans to the battles of the famed Brig. Gen. Francis Marion during the American Revolution to the planters who settled the area, the museum provides an entertaining and lively perspective on Berkeley County’s history.
The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Founded in 1773, this museum is often referred to as America’s first museum. Permanent exhibits include displays on Egyptian
history, historic textiles and Charleston’s role in the American Revolution and Civil War.
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
This is the only plantation on the Ashley River that is still almost completely historically intact. Professional guided tours are available.
The Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center
1250 Supply St.
North Charleston, SC 29405
The Hunley — the world’s first successful combat submarine — in its 75,000-gallon conservation tank is available for tours. Tours include facial reconstructions of the Hunley crew, artifacts extracted from inside the submarine, the legendary gold coin that saved the Hunley captain’s life and more.
The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center
4975 Centre Pointe Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
Established in 2007, the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center is conveniently located just minutes from Charleston International Airport and adjacent to the Tanger Outlets mall. The museum blends firefighting history and hands-on education into one remarkable experience for the entire family.
40 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial, the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. The USS Yorktown boasts one of the largest education and overnight camping programs in the nation, with more than 40,000 school-age children attending these programs each year.