Charleston Museum

With exhibits on colonization and local and natural history, the Charleston Museum lets groups explore the stories of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Collections include some of the earliest artifacts from native people and early settlers, fossils and animal specimens, and historic crafts, textiles, and silver from the colonial and the Victorian ages. Other exhibits document the city’s history through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and exotic objects from around the world. In addition to a museum tour, groups can explore history by studying artifacts, dressing up in period clothing, having a craft lesson, and touring one of the two historic houses.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 366 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Charleston County. Tel: 843-722-2996. Email: sthomas@charlestonmuseum.org. Website: www.charlestonmuseum.org. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.