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Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
+1 843-722-2706
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Amazing old home is now a museum!

Great museum in a mansion. Wonderful architecture and local art. Some art is by current local... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
Dayton, Ohio
Pleasant surprise!

My wife and I thought we visit the Ginns Museum of Art after spending some time in markets on... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Mike C
Brevard, North 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
135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
+1 843-722-2706
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Great museum in a mansion. Wonderful architecture and local art. Some art is by current local artists. The permanent collection represents Southern artists too.

Thank Spencernewsock
Reviewed 30 July 2017

My wife and I thought we visit the Ginns Museum of Art after spending some time in markets on Meeting Street. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit! I really liked the Natural History 18th century water colors showing the birds and fish for that era. How...More

Thank Mike C
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Thank you so much for including the Gibbes Museum on your visit to Charleston. The Mark Catesby watercolors are truly a link to an earlier time and include depictions of many species from the Carolinas now extinct. We're delighted that you enjoyed the permanent collection...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

Had lunch next door at Eli's table and on a brutally hot day, decided to duck in here. You won't find many works by artists you "know", but there's a wonderful collection of local art displaying the history of the region. The miniatures exhibit was...More

Thank Showman500
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

We're so glad you decided to stop in and see the Gibbes Museum. The Gibbes permanent collection spans four centuries and provides a dynamic introduction to the visual culture of America and the American South from the colonial era to the present. Paintings, sculptures, miniature...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

The Gibbes has always been a local favorite, but really a show-stopper now that the renovation is completed. The miniature portrait gallery is the best part.More

Thank juttep
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Thank you so much for stopping in to visit us after our renovation. We're glad to hear how much you appreciate the restoration of the Beaux-Arts building and the new and much improved gallery spaces. Our miniature portrait collection is truly one of our gems,...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Don't miss Mark Catesby exhibit . Incredible that these works were completed 100 years before Audubon.More

Thank Catherine K
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Absolutely! We're loving having the original watercolors by British explorer and naturalist Mark Catesby on view at the Gibbes. The attention to detail in his paintings of flora and fauna from the Carolinas is still striking after almost 300 years. Thank you for coming to...More

Reviewed 21 July 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 20 July 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 11 July 2017 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 13 July 2017

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 30 June 2017

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 5 July 2017

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 30 June 2017

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 5 July 2017

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

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