Charleston Museum Review
Although housed in a modern-day brick complex, this institution was founded in 1773 and is the country's oldest museum. To the delight of fans of Antiques Roadshow, the collection is especially strong in South Carolina decorative arts, from silver to snuffboxes. There's also a large gallery devoted to natural history (don't miss the giant polar bear). Children love the permanent Civil War exhibition, with plenty of Confederate uniforms, and the interactive "Kidstory" area, where they can try on reproduction clothing in a miniature historic house. A recent addition is the Historic Textiles Gallery, featuring changing displays that showcase everything from couture gowns to antique quilts. Combination tickets that give you admission to the Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward-Washington House are a bargain at $22.
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