Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, Charleston

4.7
#20 of 28 in Museums in Charleston
Natural History Museum

Hours: Daily from 11-4, except for Wednesdays

Admission: Free

Location: 2nd floor, School of Sciences and Mathematics Building, 202 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC

Contact: 843.953.3967 or 843.953.5589

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is home to a Paleontology Museum that displays almost 1,000 fossils. The displays includes: dinosaur bones, crinoids, Oligocene mammals of North America, mosasaurs, cave bears, Pleistocene mammals of the Carolinas, ocean life through time and fossil plants. A favorite exhibit for many is the reconstructed jaw which houses real teeth from the giant extinct shark Megalodon.

The Museum is open to the public and manned by geology undergraduates who work as student docents. Groups that would like to schedule a visit to the Museum should call 843.953.3967 (Museum direct line), or email museum@cofc.edu.

The academic staff in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences often give their time to delivering talks on their research and teaching specialties to groups visiting the Museum. These tours are ideally suited to 9th grade students and older. Younger age groups are encouraged to visit the Museum, but we currently do not provide staff-led tours. We ask that leaders of younger groups (K-8) provide self-programmed visits, but please still book a time slot with Museum staff, given the space we have is limited.

We ask that all visitors to the Museum, especially large groups, respect the teaching environment of the College of Charleston, given classes take place immediately next door to the Museum. We ask that group leaders visiting the Museum maintain control of their group and restrict each group to no more than ~20 students (with chaperones). If a group is noisy and/or disruptive, they will be politely asked to leave the building.

As the museum continues to grow, your support is greatly appreciated. Please choose "other" when donating and use fund number R548 when you visit the Foundation giving page. If you have unique ways to contribute to this wonderful museum, please contact Professor Phillip Manning (Director/pmanning@cofc.edu) or Sarah Michalies (Collections Manager/michaliess@cofc.edu).
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  • We just stumbled across this gem. Small but packed full of wonderful fossils. Displays well done and even some that kids can touch. Highly recommend.  more »
  • The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History is a museum located on the campus of the College of Charleston. Small museum, plenty of interesting exhibits. A student is on hand to answer questions and to a...  more »
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  • Super cool fossils and things to touch! Free and parking was convenient $2/hr
  • This is a small but excellent fossil museum. It highlights much of the ancient fauna that existed in this area, but it has other exhibits as well The admission is free, but there is a spot for donations.

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