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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #22 of 112 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Englewood, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Do not skip the walking tour or plantation visit for this one, but check it out if you have an extra hour. The dungeon is interesting to see.

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Lots of history in Charleston - this is a definitive place for it; and creepy as well. Did the ghost tour and learned all about the slaves & pirates that were kept there - got some orbs in pics!

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Tallahassee, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This place is a must see, as others have stated. Rich in history and feels like a natural starting point for visiting Charleston. The building has a lot to offer and see, with extras on the walls and very helpful guides. Our guided tour downstairs by a Clemson grad was nothing short of spectacular. It appears that they hire excellent... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Wow this is by far the best ghost tour we have been on ! Lisa was our guide . She was born & raised in charleston (along with her generations of family) . Lisa knew not only the Spots where the ghosts are , she knew lots of local yore ! The walk was not bad , flat grounds to... More

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Liked it all.. Our tour guide was dressed in period clothes and he really knew his history....gave you a perspective on what life was like centuries ago

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Perhaps the coolest time we had in Charleston. Went in the evening, when it's normally closed, but they had people dressed in period clothing telling their stories as they related to The Old Exchange. To say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves is an understatement. We learned so much and gained a huge appreciation for the living history that is and... More

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Burton, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Enjoyed the visit. The day before we had leaned about the Civil War and Charleston and the day day we spent in the Revolution. Interesting and moving

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Guided tour of dungeon ; self tour of rest. Good displays and info. There is a lot of history in the building and you can really get a sense of it.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The history of this location is astounding, to think it has stood through earth quakes and hurricanes! Please take time to tour and learn about the dungeon.

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Oswego, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Oh My was this a place to visit, it had many artifacts of the era of the old continental congress. Oh my even the provost was unsettling as it felt as this was a terrible place to be imprisoned. If you love history this is a must visit. Just be warned that it can bring feelings of being trapped as... More

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