It should now be no surprise that we love history. And what better place to explore that love than in a museum. Charleston’s Museum is one of the oldest in the United States. In fact, it touts itself as “America’s First Museum.” Founded in 1773 (but not open to the public until 1824), the museum recreates the history of Charleston and the Low Country, including “...everything from early southern culture and decorative arts to military and natural history,” (quoted from their own website). Located on Meeting Street opposite Charleston’s Visitor Center, it is the home to the only known fossil of the largest flying bird ever discovered; the Pelagornis sandersi (with a reported wing span of 20 to 24 feet). While visiting this museum, we were reminded of the Peabody-Essex Museum back in Salem, Massachusetts (which was originally founded in 1799 as the East India Marine Society).
Pelagornis sandersi, with a wing span approaching 24 feet, was the largest flying bird known to exist.