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The Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
+1 843-722-9350
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Not Really Worth It

I know this was an important building back then, but your $6/person could be better spent... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Quick spot to visit

This is a well themed museum. It has a lot of pirate themed exhibits. It's good if you don't have a... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
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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.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
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+1 843-722-9350
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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

1  Thank Tyann888
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Small but authentic look at wear gunpowder was stored in the city. We were here on a very warm day so I probably didn't give it my full attention. What I did look at I enjoyed. This stop will take you less than 1/2 hour...More

Thank Sandy O
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This was a small place with a small museum but they put an awful lot into the museum. I believe it is worth the visit not just because it claims to be the oldest building but its very informative to the history of Charleston.

Thank roy1916
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across the gift shop while trying to make it to a nearby cemetery. Since we were there we decided to go in a check it out. Gift shop was very small and there were 6 people in the room so I stepped into...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Not very interesting. It's a "self-guided tour" of one room ... and that room is mostly just reading a few boards and looking at a map. After visiting other basic sites in the city, the information available here was nothing new. DO NOT BRING KIDS,...More

Thank Sip111
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

It's a small building with a neat exhibit inside of it about the history of the magazine and the conflicts surrounding the time period. It is $6/person, and it takes less than half an hour to go through the exhibit.

Thank DarcyCat2011
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Look ... It's Charleston. Nobody wants to be rude in this extremely unique and historic city. But ... when you hold this up for comparison against ... say ... The Aiken-Rhett House or The Nathaniel Russell, which are frankly two of the best examples of...More

Thank Steve V
Reviewed 21 April 2017

After the tour of the Provost Dungeon they mentioned this place and my wife wanted to check it out. We walked the few blocks needed to get here and finally arrived. There is a small fee for entrance but worth it as it goes to...More

Thank brian0910
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