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The Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
+1 843-722-9350
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Great place to check out

I met here for a pirate tour and enjoyed checking out everything the museum had to offer. They have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jacquie P
Worth a quick visit

This museum was interesting but there are many better. For $6.00 there is not much to see. A bit of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
tazman572
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
French Quarter
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"oldest public building"
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"small museum"
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"gun powder"
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"cumberland street"
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"revolutionary war"
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"small fee"
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"colonial era"
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"gift shop"
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"worth a stop"
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"short visit"
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"provost dungeon"
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"charleston history"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I met here for a pirate tour and enjoyed checking out everything the museum had to offer. They have a great gift shop for pirate lovers and the museum portion is pretty educational as well. You have a chance to learn some fun facts

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was interesting but there are many better. For $6.00 there is not much to see. A bit of history on the building and its use back in the day and a few artifacts. They do have tours for kids that they would enjoy.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure we'd have time to visit the Powder Magazine but when we ended up passing it on our way to find breakfast, we were so glad we stopped. There are interactive components - the stocks, load a cannon, dress up - and a...More

Thank ParenthoodNJ
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

The Powder Magazine is a unique little museum tucked away downtown. It is the oldest public building in Charleston and also where they used to store gunpowder centuries ago. There’s a lot of information on the wars and the powder magazine itself with a display...More

Thank Hannah R
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Powder Magazine is a quaint museum located in the French Quarter of Charleston. A powder magazine is a fortified building that stores gun powder. This is Charlestons oldest surviving structure that has been converted into a museum specializing in colonial military history. Jolly Chriss.

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Reviewed 12 December 2017

I could really not give a 4 or 5 star to this place; otherwise it would be on a to do list. For me, this place you can visit if you have extra time or in the vicinity. Should not take more than 30 minutes....More

Thank bigwawao
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Inexpensive to see and very informative. Some of the stuff you can even touch (unlike other museums). It only takes maybe 30 minutes to go through it but the architecture and how they built it was very ingenious. It's worth it if you have a...More

Thank valliam13
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

I know this was an important building back then, but your $6/person could be better spent elsewhere. Nice displays, lots of repro powder barrels, but just not a whole lot to see here. There is parking across the street so if you go you will...More

Thank RichC32958
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a well themed museum. It has a lot of pirate themed exhibits. It's good if you don't have a lot of time. The gift shop is nice too also pirate themed.

Thank Tamba5
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

It was so so interesting here! It was very warm inside but the information was so cool to look at! You are allowed to touch tons of stuff so it's fun for kids and it doesn't take long at all because it's very small. The...More

2  Thank Tyann888
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