HOURS OF OPERATION
HOURS OF OPERATION
The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum features exhibits that focus on South Carolina's military history. Experience the museum's mission by exploring the museum’s three galleries when you visit.
While touring the Main Gallery, trace the state's martial tradition through every American conflict from the Revolutionary War to the present.
The Cistern Gallery, located in what was the cistern for the mill building, houses large-scale exhibits that are on display for 1-2 years.
Small specialized exhibits are on display for a limited time in the Malvina Gist Gallery, located inside the Main Gallery.
Click the links below to see what special exhibits are on view or coming soon.
Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art
February 24, 2017 - August 26, 2017
The Civil War redefined the nation on multiple levels, including forever changing American art. Instead of the early 19th century scenes of untouched natural beauty, artists began recording the new technologies and realities of warfare.
Xanthus Smith was a Philadelphia-based landscape artist of growing reputation when he enlisted in the Union Navy. Stationed in Port Royal, South Carolina, he used his talents to produce dozens of drawings and paintings of the ships that were a part of the Atlantic fleet. Of equal importance, however, are his sketches of camp life amidst the natural setting of the South Carolina coast.
“Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art” features 47 of his stunning paintings and sketches, along with his paint palette and artists box. The exhibit reveals the talents of this artist who spent his entire Civil War service in South Carolina, and examines how he turned those experiences into a successful career as a painter of war time naval battles. Looking at these works one can see his former artistic focus on landscapes along with his keen eye for the drama of military life, both in battle and camp, which earned him a national reputation as one of the foremost American military painters of the 19th century.
This exhibit features 36 works of art on loan from the Southern Maritime Collection in Charleston. Also on display are works from the Columbia Museum of Art, Morris Museum of Art, Columbus Museum, and Chester County Historical Society.
Image Courtesy Southern Maritime Collection, Charleston, SC