Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a family membership (a $100 value) to the Gibbes Museum of Art on Meeting Street. Admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art is always free for children under 6.
Since 1905, the Gibbes Museum of Art has stimulated corneas and cortexes with its exhibitions, educational programs, and its collection of more than 10,000 art objects. Its collection includes Southern- and Charleston-based works from the Colonial period through the present day. Steer brainwaves on a creative course with a family membership, which grants two listed adults and all listed children and grandchildren under 18 unlimited admission for one year. Membership also includes a subscription to Signature, the Gibbes tri-annual magazine; free or reduced educational programs and special events; a 10% discount at the Museum Store, with special member-shopping days; and reciprocal admissions to museums throughout North America. Indulge an art-based dream with today's deal without the hassle of wearing nothing but black turtlenecks and constantly snapping your paint-flecked fingers.
The Charleston City Paper called Gibbes the Best Museum of Art in 2010. The Post and Courier and the Charleston City Paper have featured its exhibits, and Frommer's calls its collection of miniature portraits “one of the most comprehensive in the country.”
- Established in 1905 by the Carolina Art Association, the Gibbes Museum contains an intriguing collection of prints and drawings from the 18th century to the present. On display are landscapes, genre scenes, panoramic views of Charleston Harbor, and portraits of South Carolinians (check out Thomas Middleton by Benjamin West, Charles Izard Manigault by Thomas Sully, and John C. Calhoun by Rembrandt Peale). — Frommer’s