Thursday, July 25, 2013
The cultural sites along Charleston’s Museum Mile have come together for the fifth annual Museum Mile Weekend on Sept. 20-22. A single pass allows visitors admission to 13 sites along and around Meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston during the three-day weekend. Many of the cultural institutions will also offer special programs. The weekend pass is only $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. If purchased separately, adult admission for the participating sites would cost more than $100 for adults and more than $50 for children.
Museum Mile Weekend passes are available now at www.charlestonsmuseummile.org. They will also be available beginning Aug. 1 at all official Charleston Visitor Center sites including the downtown location at 375 Meeting Street, in North Charleston at 4975-B Centre Point Drive and in Mount Pleasant at 99 Harry Hallman Blvd. Online purchasers will receive their passes in the mail.
Launched in 2008 as a cooperative marketing effort among non-profit organizations, Charleston’s Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural sites open to visitors in downtown Charleston. In this one-mile section of Meeting Street, visitors will discover six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks and a 300-year-old Powder Magazine. Once a year during Museum Mile Weekend, the attractions collaborate to offer admissions with a single pass.
“With its close proximity to the Charleston Visitor Center, the Museum Mile is a great place for visitors to begin exploring the rich history and culture of Charleston,” says Charleston Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Helen Hill. “The fifth annual Museum Mile Weekend makes it even more fun and affordable to enjoy these 13 fascinating sites.” For more information, visit www.charlestonsmuseummile.org or call 843-722-2996 x235.
(special programming and any special Museum Mile Weekend hours are noted in bold)
Aiken-Rhett House - 48 Elizabeth Street
The Aiken-Rhett House was built in c.1820 and then expanded by Gov. and Mrs. William Aiken Jr. in the 1830s. Original outbuildings include the kitchen, slaves’ quarters, stable, coach house and privies. Children are invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend as they explore the house, grounds and outbuildings and learn more about the people who lived and worked on the property.
The Charleston Museum - 360 Meeting Street
America’s first museum showcases the cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. On Friday, a series of curator-led collection tours are offered: 11 a.m. Charleston during the Civil War, 2 p.m. Charleston Silver. Children’s crafts and scavenger hunt occur Saturday 1-3 p.m.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry - 25 Ann Street
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry offers nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and an Art Room, allowing children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through their own hands-on experiences. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will be exploring Iceland. Staff and visitors will roll up their sleeves to create glaciers, volcanoes and mud pools!
Confederate Museum - 188 Meeting Street
Since 1898, the Daughters of the Confederacy have operated the Confederate Museum, which contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia. This museum is closed on Sundays.
Edmondston-Alston House - 21 East Battery
The Edmondston-Alston House was one of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Battery in 1825. View a fine collection of family furnishings, books, silver and paintings. See an exhibit of original family Civil War letters.
Gibbes Museum of Art- 135 Meeting Street
Experience Charleston’s history through art. Explore stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photographs and more. Enjoy the ongoing exhibition of our permanent collection, The Charleston Story, highlighting significant people, places, and periods throughout Charleston’s past and present. Visit the third largest collection of miniature portraits in the country.
Heyward-Washington House - 87 Church Street
Built in 1772, “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House” was the townhome of Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary War patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to regular house tours, special Revolutionary War focus tours are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Joseph Manigault House - 350 Meeting Street
“Charleston’s Huguenot House” was built in 1803 and is a premier example of Adam-style, or Federal, architecture. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., focus tours at the Joseph Manigault House will give a glimpse of the house’s fascinating World War II history, in addition to regular house tours.
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon - 122 East Bay Street
Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Custom House, visitors can explore Charleston’s colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War past while retracing the steps of presidents, patriots and pirates.
Old Slave Mart Museum - 6 Chalmers Street
The museum’s exhibits focus on the domestic slave trade from the perspectives of historically-documented slaveowners, slave traders and enslaved African Americans and speak to their stories, contributions and legacies. This museum is closed on Sundays.
The Powder Magazine - 79 Cumberland Street
South Carolina’s oldest public building, The Powder Magazine (circa 1713) served as an arsenal within the old walled city and was utilized through the American Revolution. Musket drilling and cartridge rolling for kids will be offered Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live musket firing demonstration will be offered Saturday at noon.
Nathaniel Russell House - 51 Meeting Street
Visitors are invited to admire the grand Federal style townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell, built in 1808. Children are invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt and family-focused guided tours throughout the weekend. The scavenger hunt will include “clues” related to the museum’s exhibit, The Russell Family and the Enslaved, which emphasizes the African-American experience at the Nathaniel Russell House and features revealing period artifacts.
South Carolina Historical Society -100 Meeting Street
The Historical Society is one of the state’s oldest repository of letters, maps and images. Please join staff at the historic Fireproof Building for a special exhibit on “The History of Golf in South Carolina.” Friday’s tours are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday’s tours at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. This site is closed on Sundays.