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Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston

South Carolina, NC, USA


Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is a lovely place to visit! It is in a three-story historic building with beautiful details. Here you will find portraits of Charleston's wealthy early settlers, plus their mahogany furniture. There are many delightful and bright paintings, often related in some way to Charleston. The sculptures are absolutely gorgeous and beautifully displayed with lots of space. Although the building is historic, it is not musty.
The first floor has a good gift shop and a coffee shop run by The Daily. It is a very appealing space with green-blue walls and comfortable spots to relax. You can get soup, and sandwiches, as well as excellent tea and baked goods.
The second floor has the permanent exhibits, and the third floor has temporary exhibits.
After, walk to Waterfront Park to see the Pineapple Fountain and stroll along the water. Then explore beautiful Broad Street and its surrounding streets in the French Quarter.

Photo Gallery

Cute design on the downstairs hallway floor.

Upstairs sculpture room.

Salvers from London.

View of Circular Congregational Church.

Sweet sculpture called Mending the Nets, by Chuancey Ives.

Moonlight on the Cooper River, woodblock print by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith.

Woodblock prints by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith.

Rain in Charleston, 1951, by Thomas Fransioli.

Morning Light near Charleston, by Anthony Thieme.

Miniature portraits of loved ones, worn in vest pockets or chained to men's pocket watches, or worn by women as bracelets, brooches, or lockets

Trust in God, by Lorenzo Bartolini.

Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilmore, Jr., early 19th century art collectors, by Thomas Sully. She was a Charleston native.

The Wreck of the Rose in Bloom, 1809, by John Devaere. The ship capsized six days after leaving Charleston for NYC.

Diary of Charles Heyward, a plantation owner, 1826-1835.

Bombardment of Fort Moultrie, Charleston Harbor, 1864, By Conrad Wise Chapman.

Corene, by Jonathon Greene.

View out the window of a garden and buildings.

View of church steeple.

Cute staircase and brick wall leading up to the third floor.

Comfortable decor in The Daily, coffee shop inside Gibbes Museum of Art.

Attractive decor in the museum coffee shop.

The museum coffee shop is a great place to hang out.


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Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting St, Charleston SC 29401. There is a city parking garage at 85 Queen Street (these tend to be pricey, about $1.50 per half hour).
Open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, and late on Wed until 8pm. The museum is closed on many holidays: Jan 1, MLK Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Eve closes early, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
Admission is $15 for adults ($2 less online), $13 for seniors and military, $10 for college students (free on Wed 4-8pm), $6 for children aged 4-17 (free on Wed 4-8pm), and free for children aged 3 and under.  

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