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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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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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historic and classic art works

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
16 helpful votes 16 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
53 helpful votes 53 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
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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