After a five-month delay, the newest museum in Charleston, South Carolina, the International African American Museum, is set to open June 27. The museum originally planned to open in January, but in December it said it needed more time to keep exhibits safe from the city’s humidity, particularly notable along the coast.
The museum sits on Gadsden’s Wharf, the entry point for thousands of captured Africans who would be sold into enslavement in America. A ground-level memorial garden for these African ancestors will allow museumgoers to reflect in the space.
The International African American Museum promises to tell the untold stories of Africans in the Americas, including the history of the Gullah people, who’ve been living on and near the barrier islands off the coast of South Carolina for more than 200 years.
If you’re planning to visit the museum, reserve tickets in advance; they’re required for entry. The museum started taking online ticket reservations April 30.
Once you have reservations, build out the rest of your Charleston itinerary with these places that also celebrate the culture and history of Black Americans.