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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its...
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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Charleston History

If you enjoy history do not pass by this museum. Very informative about Charleston and the surrounding area. It's a great place to go during the heat of the day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Cape Town, South Africa
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

From the outside this looks as if it will be a modern museum. Instead it is an old-fashioned clutter of objects and text boards. Modern museology has passed it by. The historical sections only go up to the Civil War, as if 20th century Charleston didn't exist. So nothing on Civil Rights, or the jazz age, or the world wars... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you enjoy history do not pass by this museum. Very informative about Charleston and the surrounding area. It's a great place to go during the heat of the day.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We enjoyed a couple of hours at the Charleston Museum. You can spend longer than that. Lots of very interesting information, but don't expect them to spoon feed you. You will need to read everything to get the full benefit.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Took the kids and grandkids to the Charleston Museum today, and it was very enjoyable. However, it was a bit uncomfortable as it was just too warm inside. The staff is located downstairs at the entrance where it was comfortably cool, yet most of the museum display area is on the second floor where it was a heck of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Allow plenty of time to go through this place, it is bigger than it looks and was excellent. Lots of info about Charleston and the Civil War and after all that a brilliant natural history section.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The museum had wonderful exhibits on the revolutionary war period of the town and the plantation times. There was a temporary exhibit on fashion with many donations from locals of personal fashions. Very nice. The staff is very friendly and answers all of your questions with smile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I popped in to visit because it's the continent's oldest museum, thinking I'd spend an hour or so. I loved it and stayed over two hours. In addition to several natural history exhibits, it has an extensive, era-by-era main exhibit that teaches you all about Charleston and its environs. It's a great way to orient yourself to the city upon... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This the little museum that could. It is not that big of a museum but it has some really great artifacts of Charleston in it. Most people do not realize there is more to Charleston then just beaches or Civil War. This museum tells the story of the area beautifully!

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This museum is for the whole family. So many very interesting things to see! Was amazed by the variety of exhibits! Very convenient location - right across from the Visitors Center on Meeting St.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Loved the fact that the museum was very close to two historical homes. I like to do things in clusters :) I also loved the fact that there was a variety of exhibits. It wasn't all history; there were also some exhibits about the geography and wildlife in the Low Country region. Really liked learning about the major crops that... More 

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Additional Information about Charleston Museum

Address: Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2996
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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