Charleston Downtown Art Galleries Walk, Charleston (Self Guided)

Charleston is a very beautiful, southern city, with a rich history and very friendly people. It is also home to some amazing and interesting art galleries and museums. Take the following driving tour and discover Charleston's most appreciated art galleries.
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Charleston Downtown Art Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Charleston Downtown Art Galleries 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: 2.5 km
Author: alice
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Charleston Renaissance Gallery

1) Charleston Renaissance Gallery

Charleston Renaissance Gallery has been in existence for more then thirty-five years and is a special experience no matter how often you visit it. The gallery has on exclusive display art from the South dating from the 19th-20th centuries. It has not only paintings, but also sculptures, sketches and other art, as well as other collectibles from all over the world.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, by chance and by appointment.
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Smith-Killian Fine Art

2) Smith-Killian Fine Art

Smith-Killian Fine Art is an art gallery that features contemporary art works by the famous Betty Anglin Smith and her disciples: Jennifer Lynn Smith, Shannon Smith and Tripp Smith. There are other artists on display too. You can enjoy a real feast of colors in paintings, photos and sculptures, here.
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Gibbes Museum of Art

3) Gibbes Museum of Art (must see)

Established in 1905, the amazing Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works, many with a connection to Charleston or the South. They also have a special annual exhibition.

After closing for an extensive two-year, $13.5 million renovations, the museum reopened to the public in 2016. In renovating the museum, the development teams took inspiration from the original blueprints discovered in the City of Charleston archives in 2008 to return the building to its 1905 Beaux Arts style layout. The renovation of the first floor features a creative education center that engages the public through classrooms, artist studios, lecture and event spaces, a café and a museum store. The rear reception area opens to the garden, part of Charleston’s historic Gateway Walk founded by the Garden Club of Charleston. Serving as a creative gathering place for the community, the entire ground floor of the museum is admission-free.

The newly expanded and renovated galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors provide a 30% increase in gallery space to showcase more than 600 works of art from the permanent collection. State-of-the-art storage facilities feature a closely connected research room to provide ample space for scholars to more easily access and study works from the collection. Observation windows offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the work of curators and conservators. The Gibbes’ renowned collection of more than 300 miniature portraits are housed in innovative display cases and open storage cabinetry to allow an up-close view for visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy a charming "stroll" through art, while experiencing some surprising/unfamiliar artworks and learning something new.

Tip:
Catch one of the many rotating exhibitions here when you're in town – you'll be in for a treat. They also have guided tours and often host lectures, concerts, and other fun events.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-8pm; Sun: 1-5pm

One-Hour Public Tours (free with paid admission):
Tue, Fri: 12:30pm, Wed: 6pm, Thu, Fri & Second Sundays: 2:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Alterman Studios Gallery

4) Alterman Studios Gallery

The Alterman Studios Gallery was established in 1980 and is a large complex devoted to photography. The complex consists of a gallery and also provides photography services. They also teach photography and give workshops on subjects like wedding photography, etc.
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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

5) Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a very special and famous local resource center that aims to promote and revive contemporary art. The Halsey holds a large number of cultural events like art exhibitions, lectures, film series, symposia, discussions and many others, throughout the year. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is located on the campus of Charleston College.
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Redux Contemporary Art Center

6) Redux Contemporary Art Center

Redux Contemporary Art Center is an amazing place that provides classes, studios and space for exhibitions and performances for all kinds of arts and artists. They have two galleries where they organize eight exhibitions annually. It is an outstanding place that creates opportunities for artists.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm;

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Charleston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Charleston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Charleston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.