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Public Programs


The Gibbes has an established history of presenting programs that foster an examination of art and culture of the Southeastern United States and nationwide, from the sixteenth century to the present. Adult programs are designed to engage the public in conversations, performances, lectures, and other experiences that provide a multi-dimensional perspective of the exhibitions on view. Through these programs, audiences are able to engage a diverse cross section of artists, writers, scholars, and critics, and participate in events that encourage life-long learning.

Gibbes Calendar

The Gibbes Museum of Art offers a variety of classes to artists of all ages. Classes are led by professionals in the field who use the museum’s exhibitions and collection as a catalyst for exploring and creating works of art. Click on the Gibbes Calendar to learn about when specific classes are offered.

Private Adult Tours
The Gibbes offers interactive private tours for adult groups who are interested in having a personal experience at the Museum. Led by a docent or museum educator, this one-hour tour explores the Museum’s permanent collection and highlights from our traveling exhibitions. Groups can make arrangements for a tour that focus on a specific theme, exhibition, or artist in advance. A ten person minimum is required to reserve a tour.

Public Adult Tours
A tour designed for the walk-in visitor, this one-hour program highlights important artists and works from the Gibbes’ permanent collection. Public tours take place every Friday at 2:30, and are free with museum admission. Advance registration is not required.

Gibbes Museum of Art Discovery Tour
A collaborative effort between the Gibbes Museum of art and The Original Charleston Walks company, this walking tour speaks to the rich artistic and architectural history of Charleston. Each 90 minute tour begins in the Gibbes permanent collection galleries, and then heads out into the streets of historic Downtown Charleston. Participants have the rare opportunity to explore Charleston from the perspective of its artists – and uncover the area’s unique commercial, artistic, and cultural history.

Lectures and symposia
Lectures and symposia are an integral part of the Museum’s effort to increase scholarship and a broader appreciation of the visual arts and culture of Charleston. Weekend seminars, evening courses and lectures that focus on particular themes, artists, or key artistic movements are offered as a part of the Museum’s public programs.

Docent Programs
The Docent program is a way for invested members and others from the community to take an active role in supporting the Museum. Integral to the continued success of the Gibbes’ ability to serve our adult audiences, these important volunteers lead the Gibbes’ free public tours. Docents must apply to be a part of the program. All accepted volunteers will participate in a rigorous training program that includes private walkthroughs of Gibbes exhibitions with curators, artists, and other museum staff and field trips that will enhance their understanding of the Gibbes collection.

Summer Art Camp
Experience a summer of fun with the Gibbes! Camp sessions are offered for children ages 4-7 and 8-12. Click Here for more information and a registration form.

Free Admission Sundays
Offered three times a year in conjunction with King Street Second Sundays, this free day reinforces the Gibbes commitment to making art accessible in Charleston. Each event is coordinated with the basic tenets of the Gibbes education philosophy in mind providing diverse, exhibition relevant programming that will demystify the Museum experience, and encourage audiences to develop an individual relationship with the work on view. Special events in the museum store may include book signings with local authors and artists. View the museum calendar for upcoming Free Second Sunday dates and themes.