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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #20 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this site on a family trip to Charleston, largely because it was pouring and we needed a place to ride out the rainstorm. While we didn't originally plan on visiting, it was definitely worth it. Not only were we able to learn about the history of Charleston, we were also able to take part in the tour of... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We took time out of our crazy schedule to view the old exchange building and go on the provost dungeon tour. The exchange building tour is self guided. In my opinion, it is the provost dungeon tour that gets some high marks here. Our guide was knowledgable but just okay (not very animated) but I did enjoy the fact that... More

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Livermore, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Our docent, besides looking like George Washington, did a fantastic job of setting the scene and detailing historic facts of the Provost!

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Charleston, SC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Colonial History comes alive! Built [authorized] by King George III, the 'most impresive building on the Charleston skyline', was 'The Royal Exchange and Customs House' and every ship that came to Charleston had to send a representative into this building and pay their customs. These men would then decend into the (always) crouded first floor (The Exchange) and announce: 'I... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Friend and I were walking around Charleston the day after Texas A&M whipped USCe (Whoop!!), and happened upon the Old Exchange and Provost. What an amazing building. So much history. Best part was the willingness of the staff to tell about the building. The guided tour down to the basement/dungeon was fascinating. We also talked for about 30 minutes on... More

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Richmond
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is great place to hear the history of the old Charleston waterfront. The pictures and the clothes show how much smaller people were. The Provost was interesting and how the use of this space changed was educational. This is a great place to go to learn more about the history of Charleston. Glad we went.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great docents. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I think families with kids would enjoy this. You get to go into the dungeon. Learned so much about Charlestown and US history. The displays are very well done. Really enjoyed the tour

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Livingston, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you have kids, go. Not only a great history lesson, but they locked pirates and prisoners up in the basement dungeon. One of the oldest places in all of Charleston.

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connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Charleston is the perfect place for the history buff and the Old Provost is well worth your time. The Old Provost is one of only three remaining historic colonial-era public buildings remaining in the United States.

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troy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

our presenter was well spoken. i am a bit hard of hearing and had no trouble. this is a quick tour. you probably won't take a bit more than 1 hour of your time to learn some of our history. do forget to sign the declartion of independence upstairs.

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