Charleston Art and Culture Walk (Self Guided), Charleston

Charleston was founded in 1670 and is a great tourist destination that offers you some of the most amazing, old and interesting tourist attractions. There is some great art and culture to be visited and enjoyed. Take the following tour to see it all.
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Charleston Art and Culture Walk Map

Guide Name: Charleston Art and Culture Walk
Guide Location: USA » Charleston (See other walking tours in Charleston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Music Farm
  • Charleston Music Hall
  • Charleston Library Society
  • Dock Street Theatre
  • Pink House Gallery
  • Verner Gallery
Music Farm

1) Music Farm

Music Farm is a music venue in Charleston, South Carolina located off of East Bay Street. It has been open since April 1991. The "original" Music Farm opened in April, 1991 on East Bay Street. From his experience as a musician and as a member of a band that had toured the Southeast, Kevin Wadley wanted a venue that focused on music, not just another nightclub. Wadley originated the name and concept for Music Farm. He asked Carter McMillan to partner in the business, whose background in radio and promotion enabled them to create a dynamic nightspot which quickly became known throughout the Southeast as "the place" to hear good music. The club underwent a month of renovation and reopened on Oct 28th with The Avett Brothers.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Charleston Music Hall

2) Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Music Hall is a great place to enjoy a really amazing concert or performance. The Charleston Music Hall has outstanding sound and light equipment, and a huge stage. It hosts, through the year, many performances by famous and not so famous artists. It is also a very beautiful Gothic Revival style building.
Charleston Library Society

3) Charleston Library Society

The Charleston Library Society was founded in 1749. It is the third oldest library in the United States and the South's oldest cultural institution. The library is a repository of rare books, clippings, maps, almanacs, visual materials and almost 350 collections of manuscripts.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; Saturday: 9.30 - 2 pm.
Dock Street Theatre

4) Dock Street Theatre (must see)

Situated in the historic French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston, the Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America designed for use as a theater. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973 and reopened for the third time on March 18, 2010, after a three-year, $19 million renovation by the City of Charleston. This extensive full-scale renovation brought the historic theatre into the 21st century with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, modern heating and air conditioning, and new restrooms and seating. In addition, the theatre was made seismically secure and fully handicapped accessible. Extensive sound-proofing was added to ensure that outside noises no longer intruded on performances inside.

Now owned and managed by the City of Charleston, The Historic Dock Street Theatre (soon to enter its fourth century as the heart of Charleston's artistic life) is home to many of the City's finest cultural institutions including Spoleto Festival USA. Charleston Stage, which became the resident professional theatre at the Dock Street Theatre in 1978, produces over 120 performances each season and plays to more than 40,000 patrons annually.

Why You Should Visit:
Just walking around the area is worth the trip (pure Charleston!), but this actually is a charming, snug (seats about 500), warm (lots of woodwork) and overall remarkably comfortable theatre, with acoustics that are easy on the ears.

Be sure to tour the entire theater (free to look) because the interior is quite spectacular!
Great spot for a bathroom break if you are exploring historical Charleston on foot.

Box Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1–5pm (open Sat 1:00pm–curtain only on performance days; the Box Office will also open 1hr before each performance)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pink House Gallery

5) Pink House Gallery

The Pink House is a very interesting artistic and cultural attraction, because it has an architectural value too. It is a historic house and art gallery at 17 Chalmers Street in Charleston, South Carolina that is one of the oldest buildings in South Carolina and the oldest building in Charleston. The house was built between 1694 and 1712 of pinkish Bermuda stone by John Breton in the city's French Quarter. The date of the building has been the subject of dispute. Two local historians fixed the date as 1712, but a construction date as late as 1745 has been suggested. The tile gambrel roof dates to the eighteenth century. The building was a tavern in the 1750s. James Gordon was the owner of the house by the 1780s. The artist Alice R. Huger Smith used the house as a studio in the early twentieth century. In the 1930s the house was restored by Mr. and Mrs. Victor Morawetz. Currently, the house features an art gallery that has on display paintings, photos and prints of such artists as Alice Stewart Grimsley, Audrey Dillard Price, George W. Johnson, Bruce W. Krucke and others.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Verner Gallery

6) Verner Gallery

Verner Gallery once was the house of the famous artist Elizabeth O'Neill Verner. At present it is a great fine art gallery that displays her work alongside paintings, pastels, etchings and reproductions by other famous artists such as Daphne von Baur, Karel Mikolas and others.

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