About the Museum
Opened in 1905, the Gibbes Museum of Art is home to a significant collection of American art and offers a specific focus on connecting the artistic past of Charleston with the vibrant contemporary art scene. The permanent collection spans four centuries and provides a unique portrait of American visual culture, particularly that of the American South, from the colonial era to the present. A marked highlight is the museum’s collection of over 600 miniature paintings. The first American miniatures were created in Charleston, and the Gibbes Museum’s collection of these works is one of the most prestigious in the US.
(Photo courtesy the Gibbes Museum of Art)