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“Always something wonderful”

Gibbes Museum of Art
Ranked #59 of 232 things to do in Charleston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Williamsburg, Virginia
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162 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Always something wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is one of the nicest "local" museums I have visited. There was a great collection of Look Magazine shots of March on Selma and a local artist personal collection of a lot of WPA era art. 2 things I have never seen elsewhere.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Miami, Florida
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Temporary exhibit the best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Mildly interesting museum, with friendly staff and convenient cell phone guide. The best part of our visit was the two temporary exhibits, one of civil rights era photographs, which were powerful and compelling, and the other of artist Jonathan Green and his partner Richard Weedman. Indeed, it's Jonathan Green's work I found the most compelling. Their collection is also interesting, including the work of Cuban and Haitian artists (I love the Duval-Carrie bust).

Visited January 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“solace for the soul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Gibbes is an unassuming museum with focus on the art and other displays as it should be. Other museums in distant places I've been tend to focus on how great they are and the art is secondary. Not the Gibbes...displays are well done...viewing distance to art is good. You don't need to squint to see the works. I'll go again.

Visited July 2012
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Dulles, Virginia
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142 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Rock n Roll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Visited the museum to see the Rock and Roll exhibit. Really enjoyed it. The place is just the right size. Not too small to feel jipped on the nine dollar admission fee, but not too big you get overwhelmed. Plus it is a nice way to spend a leisurely morning! Bacon (the food) lovers need to check out the print on the third floor!

Visited December 2012
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LADSON
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90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“small but really great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We went for a special exhibit of Mary Whyte who is local. Her watercolors are spectacular. The museum is small but has local artists as well as well known. The veiled woman statue is a find.

Visited September 2012
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