The City of Charleston is so much more than just the best beaches, it has something for everyone when it comes to fine art or contemporary art, southern culture, or the local fossil record. There are a number of educational and inspirational activities that are completely free and will help keep you on budget. Here are our 6 favorites.
Home to thousands of fossil specimens, including dinosaurs, cave bears, Pleistocene mammals of the Carolina’s, fossil plants and everyone’s favorite, the reconstructed jaw of a Megalodon. Geology students work at the museum and can give guided tours. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The HICA presents contemporary art exhibitions by emerging or mid-career artists. The exhibits are always free and open to the public. Hours are Thursday and Friday from 11:00AM until 4:00PM during exhibitions which can be found on their website.
While technically not a museum, this walk takes you through some of the most scenic parts of the Holy City. Landscape architect Loutrel Briggs designed the Gateway Walk after visiting a garden in Paris and it gets its name from the 10 wrought iron gates along its course. This free self-guided walk goes through old cemeteries, secluded gardens, and moss-covered oaks. It begins at the gates of St. John’s Lutheran Church on Archdale Street, crosses King Street and Meeting Street, and concludes at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
The world’s largest private collection of important documents, the museum hosts two permanent displays and several rotating exhibits throughout the year. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Charleston Postal Museum
Discover the fascinating history of the postal service in Historic Charleston. This small but charming museum is located on the corner of Broad and Meeting streets in downtown. Enter the Post Office and follow the signs that point to the museum. The museum is open during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Discover a wide range of inspiring masterpieces from local, regional, national, and international artists, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, S.C., both locals and visitors with exhibits that are sure to inspire.
City Gallery at Waterfront Park is open Thursday through Saturday from 11am until 4pm. Admission is free, but timed tickets are required. Visit their website for the required timed tickets.