Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Yet another example of Charleston’s savvy regarding the tourist industry is the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St., 843/853-8962, www.explorecml.org, Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m., $7, free for children under 12 months). Recognizing that historic homes and Civil War memorabilia aren’t enough to keep a family with young children in town for long, the city established this museum in 2005 specifically to give families with kids aged 3 months to 12 years a reason to spend more time (and money) downtown.
A wide variety of hands-on activities—such as a 30-foot shrimp boat replica and a medieval castle—stretches the definition of “museum” to its limit. In truth, this is just as much an indoor playground as a museum, but no need to quibble.
The Children’s Museum has been getting rave reviews since it opened, and visiting parents and their children seem happy with the city’s investment.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition