Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Museums of the Week – Visit 13 sites for $20 at Charleston’s Museum Mile Weekend

Posted 9/13/2010 9:59:00 AM

I usually feature just one great South Carolina museum as the “museum of the week,” but this month you have a fantastic opportunity to visit 13 of Charleston’s most popular museums and historic buildings at an outstanding discount.

The weekend Sept. 25-26 is Museum Mile Weekend in Charleston, and the city is opening the doors to five museums, seven historic buildings and the powder magazine along historic Meeting Street for the low price of $20 for adults, and $10 for children.

Let me try to give you some idea of what a bargain this is. If you were really ambitious on your Museum Mile Trip and saw everything along the route, your savings would be $70 per adult and $50 per child. Of course, I’m not suggesting that you see everything in a two-day sightseeing binge. Even a very relaxed weekend is a steal -- if you visit just two historic houses and the Charleston Museum, the savings would still be $10 per adult and $5 per child.

Some of the sites included in the Museum Mile pass are the Gibbes Museum, the Charleston Museum, The Powder Magazine, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Old Slave Mart Museum and several historic homes.

In addition to reduced admission, there also will be special programming at several of the sites during Museum Mile weekend. The Aiken-Rhett House will host a scavenger hunt for children that will help them learn more about the people who lived and worked there. The Joseph Manigault and Heyward-Washington houses will offer special tours focusing on particular historical eras in the properties’ history (such as the Revolutionary War or World War II) in addition to their regular house tours. A program at the Nathaniel Russell House will feature popular music from the early 19th century, including the songs of the slaves who lived at the house.

Again, tickets for the weekend are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are good for admission to participating sites on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. Please note that a few of the sites are closed on Sunday and plan your trip accordingly.

Special Museum Mile Weekend packages are being offered at the Mills House Hotel and the King Charles Inn. Both hotels are on Meeting Street, conveniently located in the heart of the Museum Mile.

For more information on participating sites and to order your tickets online visit Tickets can also be purchased at the Charleston Visitor Center  downtown at 375 Meeting St. and the Mount Pleasant location at 99 Harry Hallman Blvd.