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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
+1 843-722-2996
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A great museum

I was surprised at the size of their collection. The museum has been very well thought out and each... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Anne B
Nice Museum

We probably wouldn't have gone here, but it was included with the Heritage Passport and it opened... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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“natural history” (68 reviews)
“civil war” (107 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was surprised at the size of their collection. The museum has been very well thought out and each section had a lot of information/ things to see. My particular favourite was the textile section, which had an exhibition of quilts, but the historical section...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We probably wouldn't have gone here, but it was included with the Heritage Passport and it opened up at 9 am, while all the the houses on the passport didn't open until 10 am. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was inside and...More

Thank nycgal529
Reviewed 6 days ago

Get to know the history of Charleston. Very interesting iron works and quilting. Walking through historical pictures and items of rice cultivation was educational. We enjoy learning about the history of places we visit and this museum is a good starting point.

Thank noncorteccia
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. There was a lot more to see than I expected and I learned a great deal about Charleston and the South in general. Very inexpensive and you can buy a pass the see two historic houses along with...More

Thank rehavia6
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum would benefit from some updated display and curation techniques. I learned a lot about slavery and rice cultivation in Charleston but without interesting objects to display, the exhibits were heavy on reading.

Thank ColetteSouth
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the few museums I stopped in during my visit to Charleston, this one focused exclusively on the history of the city and the surrounding low country. This really helped give the museum a more focused understanding and collection, and not as random as...More

Thank James I
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has an extensive historical timeline of the city but the low lighting that helps preserve the collections makes it very difficult at times to read the information (especially some of the small print). However, it's still worth a visit.

Thank PDXonthego
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the history of the war in Charleston, and it was very interesting and informative. The natural history museum would be a great attraction for children, with some good big models of prehistoric animals.

Thank eurilla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

1000s of artifacts, skeletons, and everything else. From whale skeletons, tools, rifles, furniture, and Egyptian mummys. All curious history lovers will not be disappointed.

Thank Kurt W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The four of us really enjoyed this museum. Took about 1 1/2 hours to go thru and it gave a great overview of the history of Charleston with some great exhibits. It touches on a little bit of everything. Highly recommend!

Thank Lisa O
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Frank S
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Response from Barbara B | Reviewed this property |
I have no memory of it. Sorry. Bet you could find it on line.
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