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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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Reopened after rennovation at the end of May; beautiful gardens for events and weddings

The space is quite nice, two floors of exhibits.....local historical art, southern art, contemporary art, paintings and sculptures. One particular painting was by local artist... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
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Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

The space is quite nice, two floors of exhibits.....local historical art, southern art, contemporary art, paintings and sculptures. One particular painting was by local artist Mary Whyte. We had looked all over the galleries in the city to try and see her work and were excited when we found it here. One weird thing is they have their collection storage... More 

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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Was recently in Charleston for a week and aside from private galleries, there was NO PLACE to see art. Gibbes is completely closed for renovations until May and has been for some time, and galleries at colleges and universities were also between shows. You just have to ask yourself if it was really necessary to completely shut down a city... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

Traveled to Charleston to see the Gibbs museum and found it closed. Web site said it was open and operating as of spring of 2016. It is not open. Still under renovation. People in the Gallery next door informed us it has been delayed to July of 2016. It could even be later than that time. It takes little time... More 

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Thank gandd40
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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

The museum is under renovation so if you're coming downtown specifically to enjoy the museum keep in mind that the museum is closed and will reopen sometime spring 2016

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Thank Ricardo C
Summerville, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2015

as a tip, kids do not like this museum, more of it is for us adults to enjoy. many of the paintings and artworks are made out of unlikely materials. but the artwork and building in general is exquisite! it is amazing and I loved it! the service and facility is very helpful and this is surely a place I... More 

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Valdosta, Georgia
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105 reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

There is ALWAYS a fantastic show of art going on at the Gibbes. We make a point to visit this art museum every time we are in Charleston. The Gibbes does not disappoint. Whether you like the Renaissance or more contemporary art, they have something for everyone and their gift shop will have you taking home a souvenir of your... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

Currently the Gibbes is being totally remodeled and they have some exhibits traveling to various venues. We're all looking forward to the "new" Gibbes.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2014

The Gibbes Art Museum is a must see. Whether on a rainy day, or to take a break from the beach (as if that is needed) The historical portraits and paintings are worth seeing. But don't miss the carved model veiled woman. As beautifully carved as any European masterpiece. Occasionally you can visit the Gibbes art gallery on a free... More 

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Thank begelson
Byron, Georgia
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130 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

This Museum lacks a depth, but could perhaps serve the purpose of time consumption. If you are visiting Charleston for the first time, you may find the history portion enlightening, but the permanent collections do not include anything that is largely interesting. The facility also hosts weddings, which really highlight the decor. The main hall can really be transformed into... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

It isn't the Metropolitan Museum but Charleston isn't NYC. It's a nice museum with a nice collection and an interesting history. Renovations are upcoming which should make it even better.

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