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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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History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots...

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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Great introduction to early years of the city

Our walking tour was cancelled due to rain and someone we suggested we visit the Old Exchange. Really glad we did. The structure itself was fascinating (I was really surprised to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Juleine L
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Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our walking tour was cancelled due to rain and someone we suggested we visit the Old Exchange. Really glad we did. The structure itself was fascinating (I was really surprised to see the groin vaulting in the dungeon) and the displays were very well done. Best part was our very knowledgeable guide. We came away with a really good overview... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rebuilt many times, this has been the site of a public building since 1680. The museum within holds a great deal of early Charleston history. The present building was erected by the English in 1771. Intended to impress, it was the political, social and economic center of the colony.

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Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very old and historic building dating back to the earliest days in Charleston. An admission fee is charged to tour the building. Very friendly and informative staff. We found the guided dungeon tour to be very good.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour the Dungeon and learn about Charleston history and Pirates too. You and your children will have fun and learn! So much History!

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is terribly significant historically both in the revolutionary war and the civil war. The history is well presented in the upper two stories, but you absolutely must take the narrated tour of the dungeon. You can see the construction of the building, learn about pirates, and find out how the people hid valuable gunpowder for the entire length... More 

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Jefferson City, Tennessee
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really nice tour and we hear so much of the history of the entire area. Your tour guide makes all the difference. It was just my husband and myself but I would come back and bring my 12 to 16 year old grandchildren.

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Wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A guided tour with a gentleman in period costume was very informative, he was able to provide a wealth of information on the history of this building. The dungeon is perhaps the highpoint but the displays on the upper floors were well worth visiting and very well presented.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a spur of the moment stop in, it was it historic but after the basement the rest of building was a little boring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great educational experience for our family. The dungeon tour was the best part for my boys. So glad we went!

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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the history of this building.. Nice restoration job. Enjoyed the dungeon tour and the photographs.

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