Mace Brown Museum of Natural History


Location: 202 Calhoun Street (School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) - 2nd floor 

Hours: Open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm every day (including weekends) except Wednesdays.

Holiday Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day. 

Contact: 843.953.3967 

Admission: Free. Donations are welcome!

Your donation helps support our Paleontology Scholarship, the College's first crowdfunded scholarship!

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The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is home to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History that displays almost 1,000 fossils. The displays includes: dinosaur bones, crinoids, Oligocene mammals of North America, mosasaurs, cave bears, Pleistocene mammals of the Carolinas, ocean life through time and fossil plants. A favorite exhibit for many is the reconstructed jaw which houses real teeth from the giant extinct shark Megalodon

The Museum is open to the public and staffed by student docents. Groups that would like to schedule a visit to the Museum should call 843.953.3967 (Museum direct line), or email

The academic staff in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences often give their time to delivering talks on their research and teaching specialties to groups visiting the Mace Brown Museum. These tours are ideally suited to 9th grade students and older. Younger age groups are encouraged to visit the Museum, but we currently do not provide staff-led tours. We ask that leaders of younger groups (K-8) provide self-programmed visits, but please still book a time slot with Museum staff, given the space we have is limited.

We ask that all visitors to the Museum, especially large groups, respect the teaching environment of the College of Charleston, given classes take place immediately next door to the Museum. We ask that group leaders visiting the Museum maintain control of their group and restrict each group to no more than ~20 students (with chaperones). If a group is noisy and/or disruptive, they will be politely asked to leave the building.

As the museum continues to grow, your support is greatly appreciated. Please visit our giving page if you would like to donate. If you have unique ways to contribute to this wonderful museum, please contact Dr. Scott Persons, Curator, at or Rebecca Starkey, Curatorial Assistant, at

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