Charleston Museum Celebrates 247th Birthday with Weekend Full of Events

The Charleston Museum at the Thompson Auditorium location, now Cannon Park. (Provided)

The Charleston Museum was founded on January 12, 1773 and this weekend, the venue will celebrate its 247th birthday.

On Friday at 10:30 am, the community can join Museum Director Carl Borick for "Conversations with a Curator: America's First Museum," an overview of the museum's history. Guests can browse through old photos and records with the director and then head upstairs to see some of the Museum's oldest objects in person.

The talk is free with admission to The Charleston Museum, and no reservations needed. Click here for more information.

On Saturday, January 11th from 2 pm to 3 pm, Act!vated Story Theatre will join the museum for Star Studded Stories, an interactive play free with admission to The Charleston Museum. Act!vated Story Theatre tours nationwide to bring stories to life, with physical comedy, ASL, a giant oversized book, imaginative props, lots of laughter, and audience participation. Two stories will be presented – a Polynesian tale called "Hina Goes to the Moon" and "The Story of the Egyptian Cinderella."

Artifacts representing Egyptian and Polynesian cultures can be found in the museum's Early Days gallery, available to view upstairs before or after the show. This program is free for members and free with admission. Registration encouraged but not required.

Finally, on the venue's birthday, Sunday, January 12th, The Charleston Museum will offer Free Child Admission with the purchase of an Adult Admission. Museum Educators will have interactive activities around their nine permanent exhibits and two temporary exhibits, plus the KidStory exhibit (an entire hands-on exhibit just for kids) is sure to delight children of all ages. The Museum is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. This offer is not available online or at the Historic Houses.

For a full list of programs, visit https://www.charlestonmuseum.org/news-events/events/.

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