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Old Exchange & Provost

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #21 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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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

Our whole family loved visiting the Old Exchange & Provost. First of all, it was a great way to get out of the heat and learn something at the same time. We were strolling by after walking around town and wandered in. The tour guide was fantastic! He was very animated and you could tell that he really liked his... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was interesting to learn about the purpose and history of the Old Exchange & Provost. There is a tour, but it is just of the dungeon area. The other 2 floors of the building is self-guided. You can see everything in 1-2 hours easily.

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Blandon, Pa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great tour and fantastic educational experience. There was so much information about the trade exchange and the provost and what time frames they were used as. Really great!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you are less than 8 years old or are looking to entertain an 8 year old you may find this tour useful. If you are older than that or do not enjoy being among a group of 8-10 year olds, it's a waste of your time. The term Dungeon is totally overhyped. The place was a jail, that's all.... More

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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to see us. We are always disappointed to hear when any patrons have a negative experience at our historic site. Based on your comments, it seems that the Old Exchange was not the right attraction for you. As our many positive reviews reflect, we regularly entertain and educate people of all ages. In fact, several times... More

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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took the tour on a rainy summer day. My son enjoyed the tales of pirates in Charelston and the fact that Washington had made a speech from the patio. The costumed guides were knowledgable. I would recommend the tour for groups of mixed ages.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were spending the day in Charlseton and wanted to try one of the museums that was close by. Chose this one and we couldn't be happier! It's only $8 ($10 is the average for the others), you get a cool tour of the dungeon. Our tour guide was so animated and happy. He was so knowledgeable! I can't remember... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This site is definitely worth an hour of your time. The exhibits are interesting if a bit disjointed but the air conditioned break is most welcome during a summer visit. Be sure to take the tour of the dungeon/prison area as it holds a glimpse of Charleston's earliest history. Our guide, Steven Beard, was particularly engaging. He was friendly and... More

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You absorb so much history in a big building, but it doesn't take as much time as most museums. It's still worth your while though if you enjoy history. You learn about Charleston and the building in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Interesting artifacts and tidbits, especially about pirates. Check it out for sure!!

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