Museum and Exhibitions

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 Avery Room houses the permanent Avery Normal Institute exhibit. This recreated 19th-century social studies classroom serves as a memorial to the Avery Normal Institute in observance of the enormous impact the school had on the education and the development of black leadership in the Charleston community, state, and nation.

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