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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #19 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Abingdon, Maryland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
88 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The people who work here dress in period costumes--some American, some British. The tour starts downstairs in the dungeon. Our tour guide, Marshall, gave us a lot of interesting information about the original seawall, how the dungeon was used to hold prisoners, etc. His stories about pirates made me want to read up on the subject. Don't miss the display... More 

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30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went on the last tour of the day and enjoyed the detail that was put into everything. Our 9 year old loved the enthusiasm the guide had in telling the stories (history). I'd recommend it for all ages.

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Miami, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The tour is not long but it's very informative. Finn, our guide, was very charming and knowledgeable. History buffs rejoice. Take an hour and soak it in.

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florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Self guided tour of the upper floors/ guided through the dungeon. The guide was informative and enthusiastic. An interesting piece of American history

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Palm Beach, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It's always nice to get some historic background when you visit an older city and this was a good way to it.

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Hoover, Alabama
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The guides were dressed in period costumes which seemed a little cheesy, but our guide in the dungeon area knew his material well and described the events that happened here in a memorable way and he made it worth the visit. The upstairs has a few exhibits mostly about George Washington's visit to Charleston in 1791.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Interesting bit! Worth seeing ! Don't plan a whole day around it but an hour will do! Neat that president Washington spent time there

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

For the price of entry, the guides could have offered to provide more colour about the history of the whole building.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We had an excellent guide, Stephen, who was knowledgable and entertaining. Its a quick tour of the provost but perfect with kids. Other two floors are self guided reading tour which did not hold the kids interest.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My husband and I toured the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in October. This place certainly has an interesting history. We did a self-guided tour of the top two floors and the 25 - 30 min guided tour of the dungeon. We especially loved the dungeon tour. You want to allot at least an hour to an hour and a... More 

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