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Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates...
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.
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We were drawn in by the waving docents on the balcony! The Docents were Dressed in colonial costumes and smiling away-we had to see what it was all about! Glad we did. George... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were drawn in by the waving docents on the balcony! The Docents were Dressed in colonial costumes and smiling away-we had to see what it was all about! Glad we did. George Washington was here in the great Hall! Lots of History here as well as a fun tour of The Provost Dungeon. worth it! Beautiful view of Broad... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The "dungeons" ceilings were beautiful and the tour guide knew a lot about the history. The overall building was very pretty and historical. Definitely a lot to read so I don't know if it would be great with kids but otherwise a nice visit!

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Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had such a wonderful time and felt like we were part of history. You could close your eyes and sense the cold and darkness the prisoners felt daily.

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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We did not take a tour, but a tour guide stopped and talked to us for a long time about the history of the building. We wish we would have toured, but it was our last day and they were closing.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Cool buidling. Our guide was very informative. We did the night time tour with a ghost guide and this just capped that off for us! Enjoyed being able to go around the main part of the building at our own pace. Would suggest this to friends with kids especially! Friendly helpful staff.

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Auburn, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Our kids liked going to this place to see where prisoners were kept. Our grandkids seemed to enjoy the building as well. With the temperatures in the high 90's, the cool basement was nice on a blistering day of exploring Charleston

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Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Doesn't take very long but offers good information. Air conditioned so a nice break from walking around. Was expecting a bit more from the dungeon--street level and no cells.

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Charlestown, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Very good stop on our Charleston visit. Our guide was great and very informative. He knew his history and kept it interesting. This is a must visit for the history buffs and even those who are not. The upstairs are cool but the dungeon itself is worth the money alone. Highly recommend this stop!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Tour guide Lindsay took us on a dungeon adventure that was funny and informative. one of the oldest buildings, it was nice to get a feel of history. great pictures of post civil war. i was happy to have found this place!

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Beaumont, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Went to the Old Exchange just to see what it was about and thought the place was really neat. Very informative about this history of Charleston and had many artifacts to look through. We did the dungeon tour and liked it as well. It is not very long. The tour guide was friendly and made it enjoyable. The rest of... More 

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Additional Information about Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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