Researching and Accessing Collections

The Phillis Wheatly Literary and Social Club Reading Room is now open by appointment only. Appointment options and procedures may change as institutional policies develop, best practices continue to emerge, or where circumstances merit adjustments. See more information here.

Community Open Houses

The Avery Research Center invites scholars, students, and the general public to access the center’s archives on a self-guided tour of the historical site – the former Avery Normal School founded in 1865. We are located at 125 Bull Street in downtown Charleston. Tours begin on the first floor. Admission is free however, donations are welcomed. Open houses are held every second Wednesday from 4:30PM-6:30PM. Advance registration required. (September 14, 2022 Open House is cancelled)

Instruction and Archival Workshops

The Avery Research Center also offers specialized instruction and archival workshops. See available options here.

Museum Tours

The Avery Research Center maintains several galleries and public program spaces. Each year, the 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. Topics covered on our tours include these areas as well as 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. The Avery Research Center is not currently offering guided tours to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the public is invited to join us on the second Wednesday of the month for our Community Open House events. Advance registration required. The Avery Research Center holds an institutional membership with the National Association for Interpretation and has a full time Certified Interpretive Guide on staff.

Visiting Charleston

Are you visiting the city and looking for attractions and restaurants? Check out the Avery Research Center’s tourism guide for more information.

COVID-19 POLICIES: The Avery Research Center is NOT currently open for walk-in, guided tours. Researchers must schedule a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.

OPEN HOUSE: The Avery Research Center currently offers self-guided tours on the second Wednesday of the month. Advance registration required.