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Gibbes Museum of Art

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Address: 135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2217
Phone Number:
8437222706
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Gibbes Museum enhances lives through art by engaging people of every...

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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Very Nice Little Museum

I travel all over the world checking off museums on my bucket list; I was at the Hermitage in June. At first I was a bit put off because they did not have a coat and baggage check... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gloria B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travel all over the world checking off museums on my bucket list; I was at the Hermitage in June. At first I was a bit put off because they did not have a coat and baggage check in area at this museum. A nice young lady in the museum shop took pity on me and stored my large backpack.... More 

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North Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just attended a wedding at the remodeled Gibbes Museum. They did a great job. The building is so much better! Beautiful building, beautiful art, great place to visit.

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Thank EMCanali
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit was nicely enhanced by the 2:30 pm docent tour following two hours on our own ... The Gibbes Museum has a very rich varied collection plus the French dip roast beef sandwich at the onsite cafe was outstanding! Bravo all the way around!

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Rockledge, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Wasn't quite sure how it would be. My cousin suggested a visit since she knows I like art and architecture. She said she had read about a Guggenheim exhibit. When I first got tot the second floor I thought maybe this would be quick visit. It ended up being much more than first glance would indicate. The Guggenheim pieces were... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The Gibbes Museum of Art is a lovely oasis in a unique city. The exhibits are carefully curated, the new cafe serves delicious food, and the gift shop features a wide range of lovely items. The building is also a beautiful work of art.

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Torrington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Wonderful and varied collection of paintings, Colonial furniture, miniatures and a bit of silver. Fortunate that an exhibit from the Guggenheium was hung while we were in town-took up the whole upper floor. Large enough for a wide variety of items but not overwhelming (like some in NYC). Nice selection in their museum shop. Staff-keep up the good work!

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Thank Flo C
Asheville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We came to the Gibbes to see the Guggenheim exhibit. The museum is beautiful and well appointed. I hate being overwhelmed in a busy museum with paintings hanging 3 and 4 high, this is such a breath of fresh air. The Security Guard in the Guggenheim exhibit was so friendly and informative and knowledgeable. Most museum security guards won't even... More 

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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Gibbes and had the opportunity to view the Guggenheim collection on view through January 15. Thank you for sharing your experience with others on Trip Advisor. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I really liked this small museum. The docent was friendly and helpful There is a special exhibition now called Hudson River School which was small but good. There is art work by Charlestonians and the location is great, right on Meeting St. I recommend it

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Not far from the market is this little jewel of an art gallery. At the time of our visit they had two small travelling exhibits, Hudson River painters and non-representational art. Both were well signed and well dispolayed. Thee is also a fascinating collection of pintins of Charleston, or by local painters -- and that I would rate as excellent.... More 

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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art. Thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. Please come back again soon when you are downtown. More 

Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The current collection has room to grow. It does offer interesting aspects of Charleston's furniture heritage and early settlers. It also has a small collection of reasonable American southern art, and a smattering of classical and contemporary works. A collection form the Gugenheim showing, but not worth the extra fee. The museum store needs tob e more robust as does... More 

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Management response:

Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art and sharing your response. We are glad you enjoyed the collection - only a small % of our collection is on view at any given time but we rotate works regularly, so stop back in on occasion to see what's new. Our cafe just opened this week, so as... More 

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