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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2996
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The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission...

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

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Packed with history

Well presented museum showcasing the area and history. We were surprised how much was here. Good place to stop by.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Philip M
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Holden Beach, North Carolina

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Holden Beach, North Carolina
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well presented museum showcasing the area and history. We were surprised how much was here. Good place to stop by.

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Thank Philip M
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great museum. My son spent 15 minutes climbing on the cannon out front before we even got inside. There's lots of fun interactive things to do inside. There's also a little gift shop. Be sure to allow for a few hours, the place is huge!

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Thank Elizabeth M
Charleston, South Carolina
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charleston Museum holds so many secret about Charleston and South Carolina. Bring your family and enjoy!

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Thank Frank C
Northampton, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, centrally located museum is easy to visit (although not cheap) and gives one a good picture of the history of this old and interesting city. Especially interesting are the exhibits drawn from the museum's photographic archives.

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Thank Mike L
Richmond, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One could easily spend two days in this fantastic museum. Unfortunately, we only had two hours but plan on returning on our next visit. It is actually the first museum in America. The collection is fantastic and well explains the entire history of the city from prehistoric times all the way through.

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Thank billandrhonda
Kenton, Ohio
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum with many displays. Around every corner, we were surprised to find more and more information about Charleston and the surrounding area. Easy to navigate.

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Thank gma31
Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum. Though it has 2 floors, there is very little on the first floor. It is good for an hour to an hour and a half of Charleston history. There is a nice selection of 19th century guns; an interesting video on the use of slaves at the time, and a section on the dresses and... More 

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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was an enjoyable museum it was a cold rainy day but the time inside was well spent It had all kinds i[of tidbits and artifacts which were educational

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Thank Kathy G
USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the museum very informative; however, most of the history and even many of the exhibits can be found at other (free) museums in the area.

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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is pretty interesting you can find a lot of information and activities for littles and adults. They also have a little gift shop if you wanna get some souvenirs from the museum.

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