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Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St., Charleston, SC SC 29401 (Downtown)
843/722-2706
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Ranked #43 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Experience Charleston’s history through Art! Located in the historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of fine art, principally... more » Owner description: Experience Charleston’s history through Art! Located in the historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. Come face to face with stories of the South Carolina Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photographs and more. Free cell phone tour with paid admission. Tues through Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. « less
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Charleston, South Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My girlfriend and I love the Gibbes, and though it is sometimes cost prohibitive, we go every time they host a free entrance during Second Sundays on King. The 1st fl. permanent exhibits are worth seeing once, but we are always most impressed by their temporary exhibits. Most recently, blown away by Narratives fashion exhibit, and Photography in the 21st... More

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Auburn, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Just visited the museum and found it boring, more like a history museum than an art museum. The standout was the Westmark works - fantastic. Doubt I will return.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not only an art museum, but also a piece of history museum. Many portraits of Charleston elite families, but what is interesting is the accompanying story behind each picture. Some interesting pieces there. If you are expecting the Guggenheim don't bother. But there are many interesting pictures and especially the "Veiled Lady" marble statue

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Montecito, California
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42 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a small art museum that just isn't curated well at all. Mishmash of low quality paintings, and empty display rooms. They were advertising out front a black & white photo exhibit, but it was a joke of maybe 20 framed photos. Will never go back.

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amy m, Manager at Gibbes Museum of Art, responded to this review

So sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art! We are preparing to undergo major renovations this fall that will greatly improve the visitor's experience, and I hope you will give the museum another chance once the renovations are complete in the spring of 2016! More

Lillington, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The main attraction was the visiting artist. He stole the show. The actual stationary pieces were interesting but not so much for the price.

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Moncks Corner, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Surprising how little good art is actually on display here. Walls were dirty, lighting was poor, and the outside could use a decent power-washing. The Westmark works were fantastic but probably would look better hanging at the Halsey.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A wonderful silver exhibit and many examples of South Carolina artists. The two non-permanent exhibits that were there were not up to the same quality as the rest of the museum, and IMHO, were given too much space for too little content. But take the time and see the history portrayed on the first floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

While this museum is small, it has a nice collection with enough diversity to while away a couple of hours. They had a very interesting traveling exhibit on Civil War photography when we were there in October - loved it! I was disappointed to learn they did not have a book of the collection (which is more immense than what... More

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Oneonta,New York
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Excellent museum. Historical building. Diverse collection affords a pleasant art experience in 1-2 hours.

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