Aiken-Rhett House Museum

Visitor Information

48 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Phone: 843-723-1159
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $2 off admission


Built in 1820, the Aiken-Rhett House is the most intact townhouse complex showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston. Greatly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken Jr. in the 1830s and 1850s, the house and its outbuildings survive in a condition that depicts the way they have changed and evolved over time. Historic Charleston Foundation has adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings which allows visitors to explore the interconnections among all members of the Aiken household, free and enslaved.