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Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
+1 843-722-2706
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A hidden Jewel of an Art Museum.

We passed the Gibbes Museum of Art on the way to City Market. We parked in one of the many somewhat... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
San Antonio, Texas
via mobile
Beautiful, bright space; historic collection

This is a wonderful space to enjoy artwork. Many local artists represented. Strong on portraiture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lafayette, Indiana
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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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 3 days ago via mobile

We passed the Gibbes Museum of Art on the way to City Market. We parked in one of the many somewhat hidden parking Garages. I was able to navigate with my Mobility Scooter and there is a side entrance and elevators to the three floors...More

Thank charleslmims
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful space to enjoy artwork. Many local artists represented. Strong on portraiture and images of the natural world. Many journals and artifacts exhibited with artwork; nicely connected to history of place. Fine cafe and gift shop on first floor. Nice quiet, cool...More

Thank littlereddachsie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is located in a beautiful old mansion which you get to see in parts like the stairwell and the large entry hall on the first floor. The exhibits give you a good overview of mostly American Artists who either lived in or visited...More

Thank Sabine S
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

We're so glad you stopped into the Gibbes on a rainy day and enjoyed the architecture and collections on view. Our Beaux-Arts style building which opened in 1905 was actually built as a museum, not a home, to house the collection of the Carolina Art...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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.

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