Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House

Mån-lör 10-17, söndag 14-17
48 Elizabeth St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29403

Praktisk info

Museet ligger på 48 Elizabeth Street i hörnet av Judith och Elizabeth Streets. Det är öppet måndag till lördag från 10 till 17 och på söndagar från 14 till 17. Inträde är $ 10 för vuxna och $ 5 för barn i åldrarna 6-16. En självstyrd ljudtur ingår i biljettpriset. Fotografering är inte tillåtet.

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Things to know before you go

  • You can buy a combo ticket that covers both the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House Museum.
  • Self-guided audio tours are available. Before you visit, download the free app, which includes a walking guide of Charleston.
  • The house is only partially wheelchair accessible, as you’ll need to climb up and down stairs to tour the entire estate. The backlot also has tripping hazards due to protruding roots, grassy areas, and uneven cobblestone pathways.
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How to get there

The museum is on the corner of Judith and Elizabeth Streets, a couple of blocks from Charleston's visitor center and riverfront. Get there on foot or as part of a guided history tour. The free CARTA Dash Downton Trolley offers three routes that loop around the historic district of Charleston, all of which intersect at the visitors center.

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When to get there

The house is open daily. Since the attraction is largely indoors, it’s a good rainy day option. The last tour takes place late afternoon. Overall, the best time to visit Charleston is spring (March through May) and fall (September through November) when the weather is generally pleasant. During the summer months (June through August), expect hot and humid conditions. Allow up to two hours for house tours.

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The Aikens: a powerful Southern family

Originally built in 1820 by a local merchant, the Aiken-Rhett House was bought by wealthy industrialist William Aiken, Sr. in 1827 and was passed on to his son upon his death. In antebellum Charleston, Governor William Aiken, Jr. was one of the city’s most powerful and affluent figures. The governor and his wife moved into the Aiken-Rhett House in 1831 and doubled its size. The Aiken family maintained the home for 142 years before selling it to the Charleston Museum, which opened it to the public in 1975.

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