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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-2165
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Ranked #21 of 107 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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California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend this visit for families with children, it might have been the most information learned and retained by my children (11, 9 & 8) out of the attractions we visited in Charleston. I recommend not only the free tour, but the Dungeon portion as well. The history is very interesting, the docents do a good job and it's... More

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Minneapolis
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We toured here on a rainy day in late September. We had our 1-yr old in toe, as well grandma and grandpa. Myself and grandpa were both recovering from recent knee surgery; we both like history. The ladies didn't want a of intense history. So we were looking for an indoor activty suitable for all. This was great fit! We... More

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Midlands
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Didn't have time for the dungeon as we were booked for a schooner trip but the rest of it is worth seeing. Reduced price if you buy with a Slave Mart ticket

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Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Fabulous history of the dungeon, with really interesting history. Great tour and excellent tour guide. $9 per person. Definitely worth your time!

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Hueytown, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I love Revolutionary and Civil War history, and the tours/reenactments of this building were stunning. Amazing to see the compiled and preserved American history in the building, and for such reasonable prices and so centrally located.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I suggest that every first time visitor stop here and take the guided tour down into the dungeon. the guide,dressed in period piece clothes, gives a history of the place and how it played a major part in the citiy history. Robotic people in the dungeon then come to life a tell little story and history nuggets. Very nice. Upstairs... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Thus is my second visit. You can see the building and get a guided tour in about an hour, so it won't spoil your day. The guided tour takes you into the Provost or the Dungeon as early Charlestonians called it. You will be able to see an unearthed section of the earlier walled city. You will also hear Charleston's... More

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This was a very interesting tour. Our tour guide did a wonderful job at explaining about the dungeon and made it very enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour to all.

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Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Going down to the basement to hear the stories of the provost dungeon is fun and informative. Seeing the original brick of the battery wall and architecture of the basement was really inspiring. Our guide was a great story teller and brought the historic pirate tales to life.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Initially only my wife paid to see this museum, well, after waiting about ten minutes I decided to join her. We joined Bill, either a long shoreman or a pirate, for the dungeon tour, and his storytelling skills made history come alive, children and adults listened in rapt attention. After exploring the dungeon a bit longer by ourselves, we proceeded... More

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