There’s a way to soak in the history of Charleston, South Carolina, without blowing your budget or your afternoon. Charleston’s Museum Mile is a section of Meeting Street where you can get a single-ticket deal and visit up to six museums, five historic homes, four parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine. There are several different ticket packages, so you can visit as many or as few sights as you want.
The Museum Mile begins at America’s oldest museum, The Charleston Museum (360 Meeting St., Charleston, 843.722.2996). The museum was founded in 1773 to help people explore the history of America and specifically the Lowcountry. You can purchase a three-site ticket that will allow you to visit the Heyward-Washington House (87 Church St., Charleston, 843.722.2996) and the Joseph Manigault House (350 Meeting St., Charleston, 843.722.2996), in addition to the museum. These houses boast rich histories that are intertwined with the history of America itself. Thomas Heyward Jr. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his home was also host to George Washington during his Southern tour of 1791. The Joseph Manigault House captures the architecture of historic Charleston, and it is only one example of celebrated, historic homes you can find on the Museum Mile.
For the Civil War buffs, there are plenty of sights to see. The Washington Light Infantry (287 Meeting St., Charleston, 843.722.1807) is one of America’s oldest militias, and visitors can stop by to see a piece of history. Along the same mile is The Confederate Museum (188 Meeting St., Charleston, 843.723.1541), where old flags, uniforms and weapons lie. Visitors who want to stay outside and enjoy the weather can visit the Wragg Square and Marion Square. These squares offer water fountains and larger greens for the public to walk around.
If you go: The Charleston Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm Mon-Sat and noon to 5 pm Sun. Tickets start as low as $12 with lower discounts for children up to 17 years old. The beauty of the Museum Mile is that you can take the tours at your own pace as you explore the many other sights the city has to offer. Experience the Charleston of years past against the backdrop of a modern, bustling city.
Below is a map of Charleston's Museum Mile.