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Old Exchange & Provost

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #20 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view... more » Owner description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view a section of the 1698 fortification that once protected the Walled City. Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained. « less
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this, we were very impressed with the structure withstanding floods, hurricanes and even an earthquake! The guide was also very informative about the many uses the building had.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This tour was great!!! The dungeon was awesome- we really enjoyed this tour & for only $9 per person it's really worth it! The tour guides were great & very knowledgeable & professional. I was really shocked at the history of this building & now appreciate it belonging in Charleston. After the tour I caught myself looking for it along... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I took a tour of the Old Exchange & Provost and it was a fun interactive journey into some of the Holy City's history. The main and top floor are self guided with cool artifacts, paintings and antiques. But the best part is the provost dungeon downstairs which provides a guide. Our tour guide Fin was the best! He has... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Fin was great at taking us through and really helping us to navigate and feel the history of the building! Though the tour only encompasses one floor, the top two are open to the public with artifacts for viewing. Great stop on a history trail!

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Albany, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

There are many levels to explore in this building. The displays that are available for reading and the items you can see are very interesting to many age groups. We also enjoyed the gift shop that is filled with many items of interest. The dungeon below is very interesting to walk in. You really "feel" the experience and the history... More

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Philadelphia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Old Exchange is a public building, owned and operated by the DAR. There are two floors of interesting exhibits which may be viewed free of charge and then the dungeon below. The top two floors might take about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how interested you are in each case of exhibits. There is also a gift shop... More

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8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I really enjoyed this tour, although I feel like it could've lasted longer. Our docent was Phil and he was very knowledgeable. I guess there's not but so much you can say about a dungeon! The other areas of the Provost were very informative. I learned some things about Charleston that I didn't know before.

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Lillington, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

All that you would expect from this period in history. You can walk the first and second floor with several exhibits to see. The basement or dungeon tour runs every 1/2 hr and well worth it! Our guide set the stage and took us back in time to relive the history of the exchange!~

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very historic place. The tour of the dungeon was especially quite interesting and educational. Highly recommend it. You can take a self-guided tour on the main level as well.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our entire family enjoyed this place. So much history. Our tour guide, Fin, was very entertaining and made learning fun, every with 3 teenagers in tow. He really helped put us "back in time" and created a picture easy to imagine of what it must have been like in the 1770's. One of our favorite attractions for sure!

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