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Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
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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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Great piece of history about Charleston. My kids actually listened quietly, amazing since they are 4 and 6. Loved the stone work in the dungeon and the original sea wall.

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4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great piece of history about Charleston. My kids actually listened quietly, amazing since they are 4 and 6. Loved the stone work in the dungeon and the original sea wall.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was one of the things that we decided to do in Charleston on a moment's notice, primarily because the car was already parked nearby. Especially because it started out as an afterthought, the Old Provost and Dungeon stood out as one of our "great finds" of this trip. The experience was enhanced by the excellent docents, who brought the... More 

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Washington
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was a surprisingly interesting find. We were so glad we took the time to visit this museum. Lots to read and see! I loved the pictures and old clothing/dresses of the civil war era. You could easily spend a couple hours here if you like history.

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Brooklyn, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

You are likely to learn more about the early history of Charleston by visiting this place than any other landmark building in town. For the first-time visitor, a must-see. A docent-led tour begins downstairs and finally winds up in the dungeons, where part of the amazing history of Charleston played out during the Revolutionary War. An absolutely fascinating tour. Yes,... More 

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Sterling, Colorado
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I enjoyed the tour and my 8 and 6 year liked the dungeon. It was too much talking for my 2 and 4 year old. Very helpful staff and friendly.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Well preserved, very old building. The tour guide made all the difference .Many old artifacts to look at. Much information on the early history of Charleston.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Dating back to the colonial times, the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon is one of the oldest buildings in Charleston. It's defintely worth a visit if you're in the historic district of Charleston and if you're interested in the city and country's history. My fiance and I dropped by one afternoon and thought the museum really was fascinating. When you... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A colonial building with so much to share- even hauntings! We went there during Christmas break, a wonderful time to visit Charleston! The building has quite the history to it! George Washington attended lavish dinner parties upstairs and in the dungeon prirates being chained to walls! In this building we saw an old trunk shake and move uncontrollably and many... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Wife picked this out of the AAA Tour Book. It's worth the $16 for the tour, senior rate. They offer multiple discounts, too. The tour was outstanding, interesting, and educational. He told an excellent story and tied it all together extremely well. After the guided tour we toured the museum at our own speed. Good furniture and excellent framed pictures.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

This place was wonderful and certainly a wonderful stop in our time in Charleston. The people were nice and very knowledgeable on the local area and the history of the building. Received a great tour from a young lady who I can't remember her name. However, I couldn't help but feel that the place was under utilized. It only took... More 

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