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Gibbes Museum of Art

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Address: 135 Meeting St., Charleston, SC SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2706
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Description: The Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its...
The Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum's collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with educational programs, classes, and events. During the renovation the museum will continue to engage the community in the arts with programs, classes, and event.
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Crystal G
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Summerville, South Carolina
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Summerville, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 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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Byron, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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 

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Additional Information about Gibbes Museum of Art

Address: 135 Meeting St., Charleston, SC SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2706
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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