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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 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Beautiful facility, newly renovated, great curved ceiling, collections were limited

The Gibbes Museum is quite a nice place to spend a couple of hours. We saw a great special exhibit by an artist named West. Their permanent collection houses a beautiful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jonathan L
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a pleasant building. Excellent bathrooms. A nice clean again pleasant cafe. A lot of first class American portrait artists-- Scully, Stuart,West. And the Brit --Gainesborough. the rotating displays were very,very good.The seacoast paintings by Fraser were enjoyable. The works by Lawrence were for lack of a better word edgy . I am a bit of a traditionalist but found them... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was really looking forward to the Gibbes Art Museum, but I was hoping for more. As Charleston was one of the largest cites in the South in the early days of colonial America, I was hoping that their largest collections would be on Art from the south in these early days. But no it was the Hudson River School... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gibbes Museum is quite a nice place to spend a couple of hours. We saw a great special exhibit by an artist named West. Their permanent collection houses a beautiful miniature portrait collection as well as a handful of wonderful pieces of antique furniture. Otherwise a small collection, and nothing really extraordinary. Nice little cafe near the entrance for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Collection of American art with emphasis on the South with some art from other countries that inspired that art. The building itself is in the classic Beaux Arts style with a beautiful rotunda featuring a Tiffany-style stained glass dome in which "art in action" takes place --lectures, artists' studios, storage/restoration area open to view. Beautiful garden out back which is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful pleasant museum with well known Southern art as well as a significant collection of art work from Hudson River School of Art - I was impressed with the selection the sculptures as well as the varied stlye of artwork. The have lovely cafe as well with good food , clean and attentive service!!! Definitely a worthwhile... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What the Gibbes lacks in size, it makes up in charm and attention to detail -- nice collection that really showcases Charleston art and artists. And the gift shop -- oh my! -- make sure you have your credit card ready. Also, having a glass of wine in your hand from the cafe insures a mellow afternoon.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss this excellent small museum with a very good permanent collection and very interesting changing exhibits of very important contemporary artists.

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Thank you so much for taking time to review the Gibbes Museum of Art on Trip Advisor. we appreciate your feedback and are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! More 

White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for an hour or two. Nice collection and special exhibits. We very much enjoyed our time here. No great masters, but very good collection of southern art plus ...

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Thank you for taking the time to review the Gibbes Museum of Art on Trip Advisor. We appreciate your comments and are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Come back again soon! More 

Southport, NC, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very nice museum in downtown Charleston. The museum consists of several galleries on the two upper floors. The museum is located on Meeting Street and also features a gift shop and a cafe. The museum also sponsors training classes. Since all the museum's gallaries are on the upper floors, and the elevators were either roped-off or allocated for staff... More 

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Thank you for visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and apologize for any inconvenience with our elevators. Our brand new passenger elevator should be up and running any day now, but the freight elevator in the back is accessible to visitors until it is operational. We're glad to hear you'll... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017 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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Thank you very much for taking the time to review the Gibbes Museum of Art. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and hope you'll come back to enjoy the cafe next time! More 

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