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The Gibbes Museum of Art, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Drayton Hall, Powder Magazine, and the South Carolina Historical Society Join Smithsonian magazine’s

Ninth Annual Museum Day Live!

(Charleston, SC) — The Gibbes Museum of Art, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Drayton Hall, Powder Magazine, and the South Carolina Historical Society will open their doors free of charge on Saturday September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“This is the 5th year that Drayton Hall has participated in Smithsonian Museum Day. We look forward to it every year because of the opportunity to join with others to extend free admission to many hundreds of visitors from our surrounding communities – from young families to older seniors – and to make it possible for them to discover the joys of a museum experience. We appreciate just how important this day is when, year after year, visitors tell us that this is their first time at a museum – and Museum Day helped make that happen,” says Kristine Morris, Director of Communications, Drayton Hall.

Participating Sites:

Gibbes Museum of Art – 135 Meeting Street
Experience Charleston’s history through art! Explore stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photographs and more. Enjoy the ongoing exhibition of our permanent collection, The Charleston Story, highlighting significant people, places, and periods throughout Charleston’s past and present.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art – 161 Calhoun Street
The Halsey Institute is a non-collecting, non-profit contemporary art museum. We’re committed to providing a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education. In addition to producing exhibitions, lectures, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website, the Halsey serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College of Charleston and as a cultural resource for the region.

South Carolina Historical Society -100 Meeting Street
The South Carolina Historical Society, housed in the historic Robert Mills Fireproof Building, maintains the state’s oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. Native South Carolinian Robert Mills, known as the first professionally trained architect born in America, designed the Fireproof Building in 1822. Permanently on display at the South Carolina Historical Society are several busts, portraits, and manuscripts featuring some of South Carolina’s most significant historical figures. On Smithsonian Museum Day Live!, visitors can also enjoy a special exhibit on the evolution of golf in South Carolina.

The Powder Magazine – 79 Cumberland Street
Our 300th Year! South Carolina\'s oldest public building, The Powder Magazine served as an arsenal for Colonial Charleston 1713 - 1780. Museum exhibits focus on history from the early walled city to the Revolution. Thank you for supporting Smithsonian!

Drayton Hall – 3380 Ashley River Road
Circa 1738, Drayton Hall has survived the centuries in near-original condition and is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America open to the public. Renowned for its architectural significance, Drayton Hall’s broad vistas and rare period features represent one of America’s most important, undisturbed historic landscapes.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world\'s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC | 29401