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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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More interesting than I thought it would be!

Being a local, I never took the time to visit the Dungeon or Old Exchange, even having passed it many times and also a great little parking lot behind/beside the place (just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Being a local, I never took the time to visit the Dungeon or Old Exchange, even having passed it many times and also a great little parking lot behind/beside the place (just remember to feed the meters every 2 hours) This tour was well worth my time. Very historic and interesting. Found the dungeon especially interesting with its smells and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon is a historical must when visiting Charleston. It is really amazing how much history this location has been a part of in the formation of our country. The dungeon housed some true patriots, as well as some tru criminals. The atmosphere gives you a perspective on how much freedom cost our ancestors.

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Madison, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the visit and learned a lot from a very good tour guide. Was a little disappointed that we didn't have a guide for the upstairs but other than that very good

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Statesville, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The best part was the dungeon tour. The below-stairs docent tells a great tale. The upstairs exhibits were crowded...and we went off-season and did not expect this.

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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the dungeon tour! Our docents here at the OXB are some of the best in the city!. Education is a big part our mission, and we do host children in the museum throughout the year. This past year every 4th grader in Charleston County visited us as... More 

Thomson, Ga USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

This is history alive. The guide in the dungeon makes not only the building but the history of Charleston come alive. The founding of our nation and the growth of Charleston this is the place to go. The money for the tour is well worth the expense.

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New York City, New York, USA
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16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Have visited the dungeon in the past at night but that isn't offered in January so went in afternoon. I'm glad we did because the history in the old Exchange was very good. There are two floors to explore and some great items to read like letters and postcards from prisoners, original post office and others. The dungeon tour was... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had an outstanding guide named Stephen who tied all of the site's history together into an understandable and enjoyable talk. Loved seeing the original sea wall under the building; a site that should be on everyone's visit to charleston

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alpharetta
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My husband and I were in Charleston for a short trip and knew that we definitely wanted to tour this facility. After the carriage tour guide referenced it as her favorite museum, we were even more committed to the tour. The upstairs 2 floors are self-guided and feature exhibits such as the old post office and historical documents and history... More 

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Superior, CO
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our family of four (including young child in wheelchair) visited and wow is it fantastic -- the history just vital for understanding Charleston and its genesis. Plus, we always appreciate when a building is Accessible! (for those in a wheelchair or with difficulty navigating stairs) The overview of Charleston and its history provided by the fantastic guides are truly the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was a fun tour of a historical building. The tour guide did a great job of explaining the significance of this building while making it a fun tour. When you are in the dungeon you really realize the varied history of Charleston. Seeing the great hall where so many things happened as well as the old post office were... More 

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