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Arts & Museums
Managed by The Medical University of South Carolina, Macaulay Museum of Dental History highlights the history of oral care. The collections featured at the museum were possessions of Dr. Neill Macaulay who donated it to the university in 1976. The exhibits on display include a dentist's apparatus as well as a replication of a dentist's office from the early 20th Century. Though the museum is located next to the The Waring Historical Library, it doesn't have a separate entrance and can only be accessed though the library.
The main mission of this research center is to collect and preserve the rich history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1985, the museum has documented the history of the slave trade, civil and women's rights movement. The center maintains an archive of rich material which is used by researchers, scholars and public alike. A cultural center and a gift shop are additional attractions. The center actively sponsors conferences and exhibits to promote Afro-American culture and history. A number of promotional events and study programs are held periodically.
The Karpeles library is the world's largest repository of original manuscripts and documents. David and Marsha Karpeles founded the institution in 1983 to encourage children to learn. It is one of nine branches nationwide. It is housed in a building dating back to 1791 and served as a Methodist church and a Confederate hospital. In addition to historical manuscripts, the museum in Charleston makes space available for school programs, art exhibits and community service. All library services are free.
Located in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building at the College of Charleston, The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History is a great place to learn about the animals that once walked the Earth. There are more than 3000 fossil specimens on display, including an array of dinosaurs, mammoths, sharks and more. Plus, the museum is free, so you can come enjoy this look into the past while keeping to a strict budget.
South Carolina's Jewish Heritage can be traced back to the 18th Century, thanks to the more than 300 interviews housed in this collection. The Jewish Heritage Collection is located at the College of Charleston's Robert Scott Small Library and also contains family trees, documents and photographs. The material presented here was the outgrowth of a program started in 1995 by Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the College of Charleston's Jewish Studies Program. The library gladly accepts photographs or artifacts to add to the collection. See their website for further information.
'Art extravaganza' would be the perfect way to describe Redux Contemporary Art Center. This non-profit gallery provides a spotlight for budding artists from all streams of creativity. Exhibitions, artist and curator lecture series, film screenings, classes and workshops, community outreach, are just a few of the activities organized by this center. This vast space provides studio rentals, 24 hour access to a professional darkroom and even print studio facilities. The exhibition space and music venue are equipped with modern amenities that are ideal for any event, be it corporate or private. To witness fine art or to plan an event, this place is an appropriate pick. Street or garage parking.
Located in downtown Charleston, Alterman Studios Gallery was founded in 1980 and measures 6,000 square-feet, making it the largest photography complex. This complex has the Alterman Gallery, Jack Alterman's professional photography services, and the Charleston Center for Photography and Custom Services of Black & White, Copy, and Digital services. They also promote and teach the craft of photography and offer instruction for photographers at all levels of expertise. They also hold workshops on special topics like digital printing, wedding photography and studio lighting that helps add to a photographers skills.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art strongly advocates art with a distinctive touch of innovation to it. The institute fosters contemporary art work exhibitions, as also it serves as a great creative-source to revive culture. Halsey gallery also hosts events like a series of guest lectures, symposia, discussions and film screenings. The art institute is based on the campus of the College of Charleston.
The Low Country inhabitants of South Carolina, commonly known as the Gullahs, in order to promote their culture and history started the Chuma Gallery. By hosting a variety of paintings and artworks which derive deep influences from Creole scriptures, the gallery provides impetus to talented Charleston natives. Where there is quality art, praises aren't far away. Not only has the art in Chuma been well received by seasoned players in the field but their timely jazz performances and other side events draws attention from a fair few quarters. Check website for such similar ongoing events.
Nestled in the sprawling campus of College of Charleston, the John Rivers Communications Museum houses collections pertaining to the history of entertainment and the field of communications and broadcasting. The museum is named in honor of John Rivers, Sr, a renowned and respected personality in the field of broadcasting. Televisions, radios, projectors and other equipment from bygone eras are showcased here, and most of the items on display belong to Ken Hanson. There are free guided tours and specialized programs for student groups. For more details and information on upcoming events, make sure to call ahead.
Open since 2003 in what was once part of Charleston's 19th Century railroad station complex, The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry now serves as a magnet to curious children aged 3 months to 12 years (and the adults who accompany them) to "explore, play, discover, learn and create." With eight interactive exhibits, the museum's aim is to develop a child's thinking, motor and problem solving skills. There is also a special area for infants and toddlers. Children's classes include science, nature, cooking, gardening, history, drama and art. There's even story time, camps and field trips. It's great fun for the whole family.
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is America's first public museum. The museum focuses on local history and culture and natural history. Permanent exhibits include artifacts from the 18th and 19th Centuries, including slave tags and firearms from the Civil War. They also feature an impressive silver collection which includes the christening cup of George Washington. For those who like natural history, check out the bird collection and skeletons of local prehistoric animals. The museum also books tours with two nearby historic homes, the Joseph Manigualt House and the Heyward-Washington House.