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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-722-2996
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Ranked #22 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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Valley Stream, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

we are in Charleston sc almost once a month owning a condo in Wild Dunes. This is the best museum in town and we have gone many times. Its one of the oldest and incorporates much of what is in the Museum of Natural History in NY and competes favorably even though it is much smaller and can be reviewed... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is touted as America's first museum, and as such, the museum has as much history as some of the pieces it houses! The SC lowcountry exhibit is very nice, if a little bit long, and requires a lot of reading, which I didnt mind, but it made the exhibit long, at least an hour in just that exhibit to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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204 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The local history area of this museum is excellent. It is organized around a timeline that highlights key events and people. The Charleston whale is also a unique addition that provides a grand first impression. The museum is small and can be viewed in an hour or two, including time to browse the gift shop. There is option to purchase... More 

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Butler Pa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I lived in Charleston for a year and did not know they had this great museum. We decided to return for a family vacation and we were thinking this would be small and not that interesting. WE WERE WRONG. It is so much fun and they have tons of cool stuff. My son said it was just like being in... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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92 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is one of the most comprehensive museums I've ever visited...something of interest for everyone: Egyptian artifacts including a mummy, flags of all kinds, extensive silver collection including George Washington's silver baby cup, decorative iron works, a submarine, a whale skeleton (although if you are an animal lover, you might find the story of this whale sad), Civil War momentos,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We recently visited this historic museum and were overwhelmed by there beautiful collection of fine silver. The entire museum is laid out on a timeline that you follow around on two floors. It was easy to navigate and very interesting. Besides the silver collection, make sure to see there amazing flag collections as well.

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Little River, South Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The 4 of us visited this museum in June, It was an extremely hot day so going to the museum was a good choice. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Charleston Museum was the first one to open in the USA, It is very well laid out has a lot of artifacts and well worth the visit while... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
44 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I good introduction to the area with some interesting videos. They actually pack a lot into a modest space. Don't forget to give them your AAA card before you purchase your ticket (they won't apply it afterwards).

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Kailua, Hawaii
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139 reviews 139 reviews
50 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My husband and I visited the Charleston Museum in October. An adult ticket is $10, but a combination ticket with the Joseph Manigault House is only $16, or only $22 if you also purchase a tour of the Heyward-Washington House. Parking is free. We were pleasantly surprised with the nice exhibits and extensive collection. We spent 1 1/2 hours there... More 

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Trenton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We went for the mummy, and it didn't disappoint. We also really liked the whale exhibit. Nice and clean. Staff was friendly.

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