|Location||121 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC|
The Charleston Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United States. Its highly regarded collection includes historic artifacts, natural history, decorative arts and two historic Charleston houses.
The Charleston Museum is among the oldest museums in the United States, other museums in this category include the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.  The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and opened to the public in 1824.
The museum's present building was completed in 1980 at 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.
The museum's exhibits include natural history and local history displays and decorative arts, including silver. The museum is also home to the only known fossil of the extinct Pelagornis sandersi, which is possibly the largest flying bird ever discovered.
The museum also owns and operates two historic house museums:
- Heyward-Washington House - late 18th-century house owned by Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. It is best known as the lodging of President George Washington during his 1792 visit to Charleston.
- Joseph Manigault House - Federal-style home decorated with American, English and French furnishing of the early 19th century
In addition to the two houses, the museum also maintains The Dill Sanctuary. From the site:
- ... located on James Island contains assorted habitats for wildlife and numerous cultural features including three earthen Confederate batteries and prehistoric, colonial, antebellum, and postbellum archaeological sites. The Dill Sanctuary has been protected for purposes of preservation, wildlife enhancement, research and education, and is used only for Museum-sponsored programs. Habitat has been enhanced by creation of a six-acre wildlife pond, with three nesting islands, which provides a reliable source of fresh water for animals and nesting sites for both migratory and resident birds. 2001 saw the construction of the Dill Education Center and bathroom facilities which hosts Museum education programs.
- Charleston furniture
- Charleston silver
- Lowcountry textiles, including costumes, quilts, and needlework
- South Carolina ceramics
- Egyptian artifacts
- Archives - documentary and photographic resources
- South Carolina ornithology
- Nineteenth-century firearms
- Invertebrate and Vertebrate Paleontology Collections
- Skeletal Reconstructions of various Vertebrate Groups
- Rocks and Minerals from around the World
- Numerous Plant and Animal species collected by local Naturalists
- Charleston Museum - official site