The Avery Research Center invites scholars, students, and the general public to access the center’s archives and to tour the historical site – the former Avery Normal School founded in 1865.
The Avery Research Center maintains several galleries and public program spaces. Each year, the Avery Research Center develops exhibitions from its rich archival, art, and rare manuscript collections and hosts temporary art exhibitions featuring prominent and burgeoning artists from South Carolina and throughout the African diaspora whose work supports the Center’s mission.
The Center offers public and group tours daily. Guided tours cover the history of the Avery Normal School, the establishment of the Avery Research Center, and the history and culture of African Americans in the Lowcountry region. The tours and workshops are structured to appeal to a broad audience.
Education Programs and Archival Workshops
The Center also offers specialized educational tours and archival workshops.
We are located at 125 Bull Street. All visitors must sign in at the reception desk located at the parking lot entrance. Tours begin in the SMART classroom. Admission is free, however, donations are welcomed.