Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

125 Bull ST College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424


The Avery Research Center is housed in the former Avery Normal Institute, established in 1865. Its mission is to collect, preserve and document the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and the SC Lowcountry. The Center's collection includes manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, personal papers and other documents and memorabilia. Ongoing exhibits and public programs also highlight the African American experience.

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125 Bull ST College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843-953-7609
Fax: 843-953-7607


  • Admission : Free admission, donations accepted.
  • Days and Hours of Operation : Phillis Wheatley Reading Room Hours: M-F 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-5 pm.
    Walk-In Museum Tour Hours: M - F 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
    By Appointment Only: Groups tours (5 or more) and Saturday tours
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Holidays, Saturday and Sunday
  • Checks Accepted