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Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
+1 843-722-2706
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Catesby exhibit- don't miss!

Current exhibit of nature pictures 100 years before Audubon. Plus supporting exhibits. Permanent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cornelia Z
Nice Museum but Sparse Collection

Some great pieces in the permanent collection but it all is a bit sparse. Well constructed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dla455
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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The Gibbes Museum enhances lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality, by collecting and preserving art that touches Charleston, and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process. Recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States, the Gibbes has played a significant role in shaping the careers of American artists for over a century. The Museum connects the city and region's artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
Downtown
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Current exhibit of nature pictures 100 years before Audubon. Plus supporting exhibits. Permanent exhibits include huge collection of miniatures, art collected on tours of Europe by Charleston elite...changing exhibitions. Always something interesting.More

Thank Cornelia Z
Management response:Responded yesterday

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review of the Catesby exhibition currently on view, as well as the rest of the exhibitions. The Mark Catesby original watercolors from the Queen's Royal Collection are quite a treat to have on display so many years after...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Some great pieces in the permanent collection but it all is a bit sparse. Well constructed exhibits make the most out of a few gems.

Thank dla455
Management response:Responded yesterday

We are so glad you made the Gibbes a part of your visit to Charleston and had an opportunity to see some of the many gems our museum and city have to offer.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The entry fee is not very much and it will max out at 15 a person. The building is beautiful. The sculptures are the strong point to me. The AC blows cold air in the summer and there is something to be said for sitting...More

Thank CharlestonResident
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes and for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor! The Campbell Rotunda gallery really is a gorgeous spot to display our marble sculpture, and the cool air certainly is an added benefit. Stop back by anytime!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gibbes is a very nice, smaller art museum. The collection that was displayed isn't extensive, but they have some very nice pieces by local artists and nice pieces with Charleston subject matter. The building is beautiful and it was a great way to spend...More

Thank Jenny A
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by the Gibbes Museum and spending some time with our collection. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Our collection includes some great highlights such as our miniature portraits (3rd largest collection of it's kind in the country) and we continue to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually visited this museum because they have a temporary special exhibit of original Mark Catesby Watercolor paintings of wildlife he observed while in the Carolinas in the early 18this Century. These paintings are owned by Queen Elizabeth and on loan for the Summer; only...More

Thank Joseph B
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Gibbes Museum and for sharing this great synopsis of many of the works on view. We're thrilled to be able to share the original Mark Catesby watercolors with the public through September 24. Our miniatures are also a highlight, as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

newly renovated and just the right size to see everything and still have energy for the rest of your day in Charleston. Traditional and modern- and beautiful.

Thank anothersfink
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes Museum and sharing your positive experience on Trip Advisor! We hope you'll come back again to visit us soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The building itself is stunning. Add to that the remarkable art. There is a current collection on loan from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, and the paintings from SC artists and artist who lived in and punted Charleston are beautiful.More

Thank Leigh M
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad to hear that you returned to visit the Gibbes Museum after our renovation, and that you enjoyed the Beaux-Arts architecture as well as the artwork on view. We have loved the positive response to the exhibition of original watercolors by Mark Catesby,...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

We visit the Gibbs every time we go to Charleston. There is always aq wonderful temporary exhibition there, plus their extensive period art is well curated and interesting.

Thank No B
Management response:Responded 21 June 2017

It's great to hear that the Gibbes Museum is a regular stop on your visits to Charleston. Thanks so much for sharing your experience - we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 17 June 2017

We had not planned to visit a museum, but the temperature was hot and humid and decided to get some relief. Glad we did! Since there were not many visitors, we were given a private tour by a knowledgeable and very friendly guide. The building...More

Thank DGVTrav
Management response:Responded 19 June 2017

We're so glad your trip to Charleston did include a visit to the Gibbes Museum! The cool air is definitely a relief from the summer heat, but we're delighted to hear you enjoyed the docent-led tour and the newly renovated space. Thanks for sharing your...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017

When we got to the museum, we were told that they would be giving a Storage Facilities tour. I guess this is done once a month. If you are there when it is held, do not miss it. We were taking "backstage" to where the...More

Thank Jim C
Management response:Responded 19 June 2017

How lucky you stumbled upon our Behind-the-scenes tour with Director of Collections Zinnia Willits! These tours are offered the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm and are free with Museum admission. Zinnia's knowledge of the collection - and how to care for our 10,000...More

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