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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-722-2996
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Ranked #26 of 106 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of... more » Owner description: The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City. Featuring: Lowcountry History, Historic Armory, Charleston in the Revolutionary War, "City Under Seige" (civil war), Natural History Hall, Kidstory, and Historic Textiles Gallery « less
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Kosice, Slovakia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum lays claim to being the oldest in country, it is full of collections and very informative and interesting. It's not very big, and some of the items seem a bit odd to me put together, it's like a museum for a bit of everything, primarily the rise of Charleston, the Slave trade and war of Independence. Then there... More

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Reston, Virginia
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600 reviews 600 reviews
278 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Though pretty small, this is the oldest museum in the country, which automatically ups the cool factor for me! The combo price is pretty good ($22 for three museums, or $10 each individually), and they have a whale skeleton hanging up. Take a look!

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Fort Myers
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very informative, full of artifacts, documents, photos of the history of Charleston. Great for history buffs. Loved it!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great place to get a break from the heat and give yourself a self guided tour of Charleston's history. Great things for kids to do upstairs including dress like colonial Charlestonians dress like confederate soldiers and more.

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Montecito, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While Charleston is a small city, I thought they did a reasonably good job with what they had to work with. Nice two story facility that was well maintained. Helpful and passionate staff.

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Spokane, Washington
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I really enjoyed the short videos they had about plantation life they were very educational and entertaining. It was fun to peruse the artifacts while listening/watching the videos. I wish there had been more videos near the Civil War areas.

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Meridian, Idaho
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It is in a modern looking building across from the main visitor's center, but surprises await inside. Outside is an approximation of the Hunley, the first submarine to sink another ship (they found out the real size with the Hunley was discovered and brought up to be preserved). You walk through the history of Charleston and turn a corner to... More

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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

$10 adult entry gets you Charleston and low-country history, Civil and Revolutionary War, an impressive armory, natural history, and even some exotic archeological exhibits (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc). Kids 3-12 are $5. Some of the favorite things included the dinosaur and whale fossils, the Egyptian mummy, and weaponry from 4 wars. I was impressed with some of the ancient artifacts... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Very Nice museum located at Meeting & John streets. Only costs a few dollars and you can buy tickets to the Joseph Manigault house across the street and the Middleton Plantation. Exhibits are the usual stuff and of course local to the South Carolina area. Lots of Rice Plantation history. Check out the replica of the submarine Hunley outside at... More

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USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It's a bit of a haul from the historic district by foot and not worth the effort. Nice building but the exhibits aren't very exciting and look like they haven't been updated in quite awhile.

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