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Program Description: Explore history, science, and the arts with a wide range of programs offered by the education staff of the Charleston Museum.  A few program ideas are listed below, we can also tailor programs to meet your needs.


Sample Experiences:

Lowcountry Safari (Grades K – 5)

Decorate your pith helmet and binoculars and explore creatures of the animal kingdom in the Natural History galleries of the Museum.

Colonial Apprentice (Grade 3-8)

Become an apprentice for the day!  Sign your indenture and learn skills that were needed in colonial towns.  Students will learn about pottery, textile arts, home crafts, and the building arts as they create clay pots, practice “stone” carving, and roll beeswax candles.

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Amazing Architecture (Grades 3 – 8)

Begin this architectural adventure by learning about five different styles of architecture visible in Charleston today- Georgian, Federal, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, and International.  Students will learn about basic architectural features and terms to prepare themselves for a scavenger hunt through the Mazyck-Wraggborough district surrounding the Museum. The scavenger hunt ends at the Joseph Manigault House.  The site of this Federal style home was once the residence of a wealthy rice planter, a USO post, tenement housing, a dry cleaner, and even a gas station. Learn about daily life of the 1800s as well as the effort to restore this beautiful home.

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Rhythm of Rice (Grades 3 – 8)

Contributions by African Americans have made a significant impact on life in the Lowcountry.  Students will use artifacts, documents, and replicas to understand the African American experience from their lives in Western Africa to the plantations of South Carolina.  Learn to keep the beat with an African rhythm game, play African instruments, and study watercolors to learn about Carolina Gold rice.

Day at the Dill (Grades K-8)

Explore the Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, a 580 acre wildlife refuge on James Island. Learn the importance of our marshes and about the animals that inhabit our local environment. Observe animal tracks, fiddler crabs and more while walking on the forest trail.  Students will get to create art with found objects and paint with pluff mud.


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