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Old Exchange & Provost

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #20 of 104 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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Orangeville, ON
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A most interesting tour. You enter & begin in the dungeons under the building. Very informative guide with a view of a partial excavation of the original city sea wall which is now under this building. The dungeons stand as they were with exposed brick structure and arches that still support this building today. Lots of stories & tales to... More

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Centerport, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We have been on so many tours they kinda all blend in after awhile. This one was different.Greeter was genuine and pleasant. Not that fake" hiiiiii!....we are so glad you came!" shpeel. Our tour guides ( 2 history majors in collage) were outstanding. At first they were in character ... always felt corny but once he got rolling with the... More

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place has seen so much, and the docents are very knowledgeable and friendly! I certainly recommend it, and don't forget to look around upstairs as well as in the dungeon. It's great!

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Springfield, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This location did a great job of providing a historical overview of the City of Charleston. The docent was very knowledgeable and made what could have been quite dry interesting for our family.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Definitely not worth the money. Guide didn't seem to be a natural - seemed to be overly scripted. Not that exciting.

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

So sorry to hear that you did not enjoy time at the Old Exchange. Most of our guides are educators or licensed tour guides (or in some cases, both), so it is surprising to hear that you felt the tour was too scripted. If you get a chance, please email me through the tripadvsior email system, with a little more... More

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the Old Exchange and Provost building. It offered an interesting glimpse into the history of early Charleston and the revolutionary war. Defiantly worth a visit. I recommend getting the combined ticket to the Old Slave Market.

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Pensacola, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Hear the tales from the past. Kids will enjoy this stop. Full of history. Be sure to add this to your list of places to visit.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was very informative and provides a tour of Charles Town's/ Charleston's rich history. We did the combo ticket and went to the SLAVE MART as well. Worth it!

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Manchester, Tennessee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Chelsea was our tour guide and did a great job of explains the historical significance of the building. She was very knowledgable and helpful. I recommend this as a place to visit if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the dungeon tour! Our tour guide Mason was extremely informative and entertaining. I had no idea of the important role Charlestown played in our early American history.

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