Learn about the 2022 Free Museum Day and 3 Charleston, SC, Museums.
The Smithsonian Museum offers a free admission day in September every year. In 2022 free Museum day is on Saturday, September 17. Museum Day shines a spotlight on incredible arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country. Museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders.
Downtown Charleston Museums
Museum Day Live includes three different sites to visit in downtown Charleston and we jumped at the opportunity. Silke and I picked three museums that were all within walking distance of each other right in downtown Charleston and set out to find them. The list of museums we visited included:
- The South Carolina Historical Society
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- The Powder Magazine
There was no rush to set any world records the day we visited the museum. It was a beautiful late summer day in South Carolina and we took our time walking around the downtown Charleston area. It always feels like there is a hub of activity whenever we visit the downtown area with lots of visitors and locals milling about. The farmers market area has lots of vendors that showcase their items and there are a ton of food vendors to sample from.
The Museum of Art
This is a gorgeous building offering a collection of paintings and photographs from the past to the present. They were presented in a way that as you walked through the different rooms you were actually following a time line that brought you to the present. This was a very impressive collection and you could spend quite a bit of time at the Museum of Art, which we did.
The Powder Magazine
The Powder Magazine is located a short walk down the street from the Museum of Art. This location was actually kept in tact from it’s original construction over 300 years old. The volunteers were very friendly and gave us the whole history of the building, and it’s purpose. As the name suggests, the building was used for storing the gun powder for the canons that protected the city.
Very informative and interactive, we would highly recommend this museum for anyone interested in colonial history.
South Carolina Historical Society
Our last stop during our free Museum Day was The South Carolina Historical Society. They offer a self guided tour and basically house historical documents from the state of South Carolina. This would be an excellent resource for someone doing their family name research.
With so much to see and do in the downtown Charleston area there is something for everyone. The central market street is lined with countless vendors offering their trinkets. There are many different restaurants, bars and coffee shops to choose from and a ‘High Street’ for shopping. For all the trips that Silke and I have made into downtown Charleston, we really don’t see an end to the list of things to see and do.
If you get a chance to take advantage of a free museum day you really need to do it. How else can you begin to appreciate the place where you live, unless you know a little bit about it’s history? Museum Day Live shines a spotlight on incredible arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country.
Register today and celebrate the American Experience – the theme of this year’s event.
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