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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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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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This was a great place to visit. It was part guided tour and part self-guided tour. The guided tour took place in the dungeon or holding place for prisoners. The history of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Larry W
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Leavenworth
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Leavenworth
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to visit. It was part guided tour and part self-guided tour. The guided tour took place in the dungeon or holding place for prisoners. The history of this place as an exchange and dungeon is well presented. The preservation of this building is a must see while visiting Charleston. The docents were invaluable.

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Lewisburg
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Reasonable entry fees, decent tour, neat museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Tour lasted roughly 20-30 minutes. Not a lot of time for many questions though. The basement (the "dungeon") was super cool, but pretty musty smelling (naturally). Pretty decent visit. Gift shop is typical.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We've walked by the Exchange a few times and decided to give it a try. There are two parts the "museum" and the "Provost Dungeon" tour. Entry fee is $10.00. The Museum has limited displays. The one room that is well furnished is closed off. You can look through the door, but that's it. The rest of the museum has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

I learned so much on this tour about colonial life, the Revolutionary War, and Civil War history. Our patriots and forefathers truly sacrificed to preserve our freedom. The changing landscape of Charleston is also very evident from the dungeon as its wall was once a seawall. Our guide was very knowledgeable and moved at just the right pace. You really... More 

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Greenville, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visiting the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed hearing about the revolutionary war heroes and signer of the declaration of independence who were imprisoned there. It was a great reminder about the sacrifices they made by getting involved in the revolution. Many lost their fortunes and property and in the case of one, his... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Pros: great guides; easy parking- there is a metered parking lot right behind the Dungeon; cool gift shop- had Revolutionary and Civil War era stuff; interesting history and amazing dungeon in the basement area. Cons: none. Too bad the old front entrance of the Exchange has been covered up by buildings that sprouted after land was reclaimed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

An interesting building, but with so much history in the area there are better sites to see. Positives: Our tour guide was well informed, and was a constant stream of information. Considering that one is simply touring a basement, they did a nice job staging mannequins around and explaining the different periods when people were imprisoned. There are several striking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Go back in time where pirates were held as prisoners, where the colonists his their gun powder from the British, it all comes to your imagination of the times. You can also see a replica map of the original city of Charleston and see part of the old sea wall!

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The upper two floors are self-guided, and the basement can be visited only by a 25-minute guided tour. You can do the entire thing in about an hour. It's well worth the modest price of admission, as there is a ton of history here.

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Adelaide
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very disappointed. After reading other reviews we thought we would visit. Staff looked good dressed in period costumes but offered nothing more to the experience. The tour of the so called dungeon was over in 20 minutes! The 2 remaining floors had little more information to offer. The most interesting part were the pictures on the walls of the stairway... More 

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