Christmas 2019 at The Gibbes Museum of Art

Along a one-mile section of Meeting Street you will find 6 museums, 5 nationally renowned historic houses, 4 scenic parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, and an array of historic houses of worship and public buildings such as the Market and City Hall. The Gibbes Museum of Art, the oldest museum building in the South, is home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The Museum connects the city and region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene. When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, and nourish our souls. The Gibbes presents an innovative series of 6 to 8 special exhibitions per year. Exhibitions are designed as an experimental platform for engaging with art in new and exciting ways and challenging established interpretations. The program strives to promote creativity, introduce new art forms, provide perspective on larger community issues, encourage freedom of thought, and connect with the broadest possible audience. This dynamic museum displays art and is dotted with events that both entertain and instruct. Programs and events at the Gibbes appeal to a wide range of interests and audiences. For the holiday season of 2019, The Gibbes Museum of Art is offering the following programs:

Wine and Design: Paint Your Own Ornaments with Cory McBee.

Santa Claus is coming to the museum. He’s made his list and is checking it twice.

A Christmas Carol this season is authentically Dickensian. Yes, there is an adjective describing all things pertaining to Charles Dickens and his writings – Dickensian. Dickens edited his little Christmas ghost story and traveled Europe and America filling theaters with his one man reading of the tale. A ham at heart, he put his soul into the character Ebenezer Scrooge, transforming him from “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” to, well, the most lovable man in town. Traveling Literary Theater brings you the same Dickens’ edited version read by three professional actors who have been touring with this reading since 2005. Authentically Dickensian: includes Victorian attire, Dickens’ own words, and James Dyne, British Stage Actor as the lead character. On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:00 P.M this 70 minute reading will be presented in the museum’s rotunda. This year the museum will boast a bountiful Christmas tree, center stage of the rotunda, with all the trimming you can imagine. It is suggested that this reading is suitable for children 12 and older. Make your 7:30 P.M. dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant and your 6:00 P.M. reservations for this heartwarming, professional reading of A Christmas Carol.

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