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Old Exchange & Provost

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #19 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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New York, NY
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I visited here on Mon. 4/7/14. I had a phenomenal tour guide for the downstairs segment named Fin who was friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Aside from the dungeon level, there is tons of artwork depicting American history and an exhibit on the Constitution. Highly recommended!

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charleston
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

All ages can get something out of this site. Children like the pirate stories; adults enjoy the tales of George Washington's visit. Because this historic site has been used for multiple functions, it offers a look into the history of several eras in Charleston.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Loved this your and the historic content great way to start your visit in Charleston.. Guide was dressed in period clothing and made the tour fun and exciting. We loved it!

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Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I'll start this review by stating that we did not take the tour, so I feel we have missed out on it. I will rate this based purely on our experience as self guided on the main floor and the 2nd floor. We could not go into the dunegon on our own as you needed to be part of a... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Very historic and informative. Would recommend as a great place to see and tour. We enjoyed see the provost/jail and all the items on display on the top floors.

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Naperville, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I went with my 10 yr old boy who can be squirmy. We both loved it and the 30 minute tour! Great way to get your Charleston history to start your trip! Your guides are excellent!

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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Definitely one of the must-sees in Charleston. This is a nice museum with many wonderful Revolutionary-era artifacts. Additionally, the half hour tour of the provost hitting on the dungeon, piracy, and America's founding ties, was very nice.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We spent a couple of days in Charleston. Among places we visited, this is one of my favorite. This used to be the tallest buildings in the old days so it immediately commanded respect among sea sailors, - they had to pay tax, you know. So some authority helped. Also served as a prison place for traitors, or those who... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

The dungeon tour gives a very informative slice of Charleston history, Enjoyable, interesting, and just the right length of time. Would never even have known about this place unless a friend had suggested going there. I'm glad he did.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The docent was so knowledgeable. He kept our daughters entertained and educated all of us. The dungeon is more fun than scary.

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