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Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

The Avery Research Center is housed in the former Avery Normal Institute, established in 1865. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina 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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Coastal & Islands
125 Bull ST,
Charleston, SC 29424
(843) 953-7609
Info & Amenities
From I-26, take #221A/King St./Savannah Exit. Move into the far-right lane and bear right onto Sheppard St., then turn left onto Rutledge Ave. Follow Rutledge, cross Calhoun St. and take 2nd right onto Bull Street. Avery is on the left.
Free admission, donations accepted. Group tours $50 booking fee.
Checks 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