This weekend Charleston, South Carolina’s Museum Mile Weekend allows you to visit five museums, seven historic buildings and one powder magazine all for $20! September 25 & 26, 2010 only!
This single Museum Mile Weekend pass gives you admission at thirteen sites along Meeting Street. Many of the cultural institutions will also offer special programs during the Museum Mile Weekend.
Participating Sites on Saturday and Sunday, September25 & 26, 2010:
(special programming and any special Museum Mile Weekend hours are noted in bold)
Aiken-Rhett House - 48 Elizabeth Street
Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Gov. and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s, this house and its outbuildings have survived as a time capsule virtually unaltered since 1858. 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 Saturday, The Charleston Museum will feature children’s crafts from 10am to 12noon.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – 25 Ann Street
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry offers eight hands-on interactive learning environments for children 3 months to 10 years.
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. On both Saturday (11:00am, 4:00pm) and Sunday (4:00pm), focus tours at the Joseph Manigault House will give a glimpse of the houseâ€™s fascinating World War II history, in addition to regular house tours.
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. UPDATED hours during the Museum Mile Weekend only: open Saturday 3-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – noon only.
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 of Charleston. Living history programs will be offered all weekend. A special performance of the original production The Gentleman Pirate will be offered on Saturday at 3:30pm. Call ahead for ticket information (843-722-9350) or visit www.PowderMag.org
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. Docent-led tours of the museum will be offered at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
South Carolina Historical Society – 100 Meeting Street
The Historical Society preserves and publishes South Carolina’s history. The Society’s multi-media exhibit, “Stormy Times Ahead: Voices of Secession,” compliments the original Secession Banner (also on display) to depict the crucial events of 1860. Tours will be given at the top of the hour. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26.
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. Closed Sunday. On Saturday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, the director will conduct connoisseur tours of the museum and share the stories of several individuals who passed through this auction complex.
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!
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 both Saturday (11:00am, 4:00pm) and Sunday (4:00pm) at the Heyward-Washington House.
Nathaniel Russell House – 51 Meeting Street
Visitors are invited to admire the grand Federal style townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell, built in 1808. On Saturday from 10:30am to 12 noon, an educational program in the garden will highlight music popular from 1808-1820, including songs of the African-American slaves who lived and worked on the property.
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. Docent guided tours offered the entire weekend.
Reservations are NOT required. Go to http://www.charlestonmuseum.org/event.asp?ID=268 for details or to order tickets.
After your museum tour, take a load off with an air-conditioned multimedia bus tour of historic Charleston. Your purchase of two Charleston tour tickets at full price ($20 per) or any two combo tour package tickets directly at our air-conditioned motorized bus at the Charleston Visitor’s Center on Meeting Street will get you a FREE Race to Savings Discount card. This valuable Charleston discount card will save you over $3,000.00 at many Charleston area attractions, museums, restaurants, stores and more! Over $500 in bonus offers! Visit http://www.dointhecharlestontours.com/charleston-tours-discount-coupon.htm to see all of the savings you’ll get with this amazing card!