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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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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Suprisingly nice

Wasn't quite sure how it would be. My cousin suggested a visit since she knows I like art and architecture. She said she had read about a Guggenheim exhibit. When I first got tot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Rockledge, Florida, USA
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Rockledge, Florida, USA
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wasn't quite sure how it would be. My cousin suggested a visit since she knows I like art and architecture. She said she had read about a Guggenheim exhibit. When I first got tot the second floor I thought maybe this would be quick visit. It ended up being much more than first glance would indicate. The Guggenheim pieces were... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Gibbes Museum of Art is a lovely oasis in a unique city. The exhibits are carefully curated, the new cafe serves delicious food, and the gift shop features a wide range of lovely items. The building is also a beautiful work of art.

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Thank Liz G
Torrington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful and varied collection of paintings, Colonial furniture, miniatures and a bit of silver. Fortunate that an exhibit from the Guggenheium was hung while we were in town-took up the whole upper floor. Large enough for a wide variety of items but not overwhelming (like some in NYC). Nice selection in their museum shop. Staff-keep up the good work!

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Asheville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came to the Gibbes to see the Guggenheim exhibit. The museum is beautiful and well appointed. I hate being overwhelmed in a busy museum with paintings hanging 3 and 4 high, this is such a breath of fresh air. The Security Guard in the Guggenheim exhibit was so friendly and informative and knowledgeable. Most museum security guards won't even... More 

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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Gibbes and had the opportunity to view the Guggenheim collection on view through January 15. Thank you for sharing your experience with others on Trip Advisor. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I really liked this small museum. The docent was friendly and helpful There is a special exhibition now called Hudson River School which was small but good. There is art work by Charlestonians and the location is great, right on Meeting St. I recommend it

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Not far from the market is this little jewel of an art gallery. At the time of our visit they had two small travelling exhibits, Hudson River painters and non-representational art. Both were well signed and well dispolayed. Thee is also a fascinating collection of pintins of Charleston, or by local painters -- and that I would rate as excellent.... More 

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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art. Thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. Please come back again soon when you are downtown. More 

Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The current collection has room to grow. It does offer interesting aspects of Charleston's furniture heritage and early settlers. It also has a small collection of reasonable American southern art, and a smattering of classical and contemporary works. A collection form the Gugenheim showing, but not worth the extra fee. The museum store needs tob e more robust as does... More 

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Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art and sharing your response. We are glad you enjoyed the collection - only a small % of our collection is on view at any given time but we rotate works regularly, so stop back in on occasion to see what's new. Our cafe just opened this week, so as... More 

Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I enjoyed wandering through the museum, especially the modern rooms and the ones with local paintings and crafts. Definitely worth a visit.

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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. Please come back again soon. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I didn't have time to do the whole museum, but what I saw was terrific. I also went to a concert one evening and found it to be really thoughtful as to content and a great experience overall. Everyone who worked at the Gibbes was kind and helpful. Would love to go back.

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Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes and for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor! We have several concerts coming up in the new year on Feb. 22 (ticketed) and March 22/April 5 (free with Museum admission). Please come back and enjoy the music and the galleries again soon. More 

Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a wonderful, small art museum with a very good exhibition of part of Guggenheim's art collection. Some of the artists are rather obscure (i.e. in reputation, not content) but there is a lovely Modiglani, a very famous Kandinsky, a nice cubist Picasso, and a charming Chagall. I do wish that a wider selection of artists had been represented,... More 

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Thank Judy T
Management response:

Thank you so much for visiting the Gibbes on your recent trip to Charleston. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Guggenheim collection on view in Realm of the Spirit, and also enjoyed our permanent collection! You are wonderful to take the time to share your experience. We look forward to seeing you back in Charleston, again! More 

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