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. We are located at 125 Bull Street. All visitors must sign in at the reception desk located at the parking lot entrance. Tours begin on the first floor.  Admission is free, however, donations are welcomed.

Instruction and Archival Workshops

The 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 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. Guided tours cover 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 holds an institutional membership with the National Association for Interpretation and has a full time Certified Interpretive Guide on staff. General tours are structured to appeal to a broad audience.

The Avery Research Center is not currently offering public tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back with Avery staff this fall.

Visiting Charleston

Are you visiting the city and looking for attractions and restaurants? Then please view the Avery Research Center’s guide page on tourism.

COVID-19 POLICIES: Avery Research Center is not open for tours or walk-in researchers. Researchers must schedule a consultation before making an appointment.