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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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+1 843-722-2996
13:00 - 17:00
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The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission...

The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City. Featuring: Lowcountry History, Historic Armory, Charleston in the Revolutionary War, "City Under Seige" (civil war), Natural History Hall, Kidstory, and Historic Textiles Gallery

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Excellent museum

This was a great idea to give an overview of Charleston and a highly recommend especially with the combination of the nearby house. However there is no history of dresses... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michele C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great idea to give an overview of Charleston and a highly recommend especially with the combination of the nearby house. However there is no history of dresses currently on display as the brochure suggests.

Thank Michele C
Satsuma, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found the museum to be very informative so make sure you allot plenty of time to see and read everything you may be interested in. The collection of artifacts is very impressive and allows you to really grasp the time eras. This was a great way to start our vacation in Charleston. We also purchased a tour of the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to spend a 2 to 3 hours. You will learn much about the history of Charleston. This should be a must stop location on your visit.

Thank James B
Cumming, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is loaded with low country history. The exhibits include historic weaponry dating back to 1750, natural history including skeletons of prehistoric animals, Egyptian Mummy, kids hands on exhibit, the list goes on. This is a must see in Charleston.

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Anaheim, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an hour or so walking around and taking in the history of Charleston. There are many interesting artifacts to look at.

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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great introduction to local history and perfect to do at the beginning of a Charleston visit. Combo ticket including admission at 1-2 houses is a great idea.

Thank Neil W
Middle Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gives a lot of history of Charleston in an interesting format. The quilts were beautiful and the kids enjoyed dressing up in period clothing. We arrived 1.5 hours before closing and we could have spent much more time there.

Thank TravelGrandma10
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My museum visit lasted about 3 hours, but it was time well spent. I believe the cost was $12. I went on a Wednesday afternoon, there were no crowds. Displays were well presented, in good condition and there is a small gift shop near the entrance desk. Outside, there was a replica of the Hunley with information. Interesting fact is... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is filled with so much history. Starting on the outside, it educates visitors about so many different things that involve Charleston. If you go in order and visit each exhibit, the story of the city of Charleston's rich history unfolds before your eyes. It can take awhile if you are a history buff to get through this gem... More 

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North Palm Beach
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our third visit to the Charleston Museum and always enjoy the exhibits and artifacts. On this recent visit, they had an exhibit of quilts, some dating back to the 18th century, the detail and hand work is truly amazing and will take your breath away (see examples of quilts in pics with this posting). The exhibits of the... More 

Thank Bryan B

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