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We are excited to be re-opening our house museums on a limited Thursday – Sunday schedule starting June 11 to ensure the safety and protection of our guests and staff. The Aiken-Rhett House will be open from 9am – 12:30pm with the last tour at 11:45. The Nathaniel Russell House is open from 1:30 – 5pm with the last tour at 4:15. Please purchase tickets in advance on line. No docent-led tours at this time.

The Places & People That Helped Shape Charleston

The past is everywhere you look in Charleston – triumphs and tragedies, beauty and brutality, infused in art and architecture and etched in stone. We believe that every memory, every place, every story woven together is who we are. So, as a people and culture, we exist not apart from brick and mortar, marsh and mud, cobblestone and wrought iron, but together with – and within them. That’s part of what makes our historic properties so compelling and exciting. Not only are these spaces the perfect exhibition space for our fine and decorative art collections, they also reveal stories about our history, our culture, who we were – and who we are now.

Museum News

Fletcher Williams Installs Promiseland Exhibit at the Aiken-Rhett House

Fletcher Williams III: Promiseland  The picket fence is an important character in Williams’ narratives as is its role in the practices and processes of his artistic production. Throughout the Aiken-Rhett…

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The Aiken Family and the Grand Tour: The Journey Begins

If the walls are closing in during this time of social distancing, embark on a journey across the ocean with the Aiken family. Travel diaries give us a glimpse into…

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Census Records Illuminate the Lives of the Enslaved at ARH

Census records prior to 1870 are often the only written record of the enslaved. Scant notations in census slave schedules provide the sex and age of the enslaved and more…

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