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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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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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Treasure Trove of History

In this building is a treasure trove of South Carolina History. Plan to spend a full afternoon to see everything here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Statesville, North Carolina
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Williamsburg
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12 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This was an okay place visit. We did it mainly cause it was cheaper than some other places. It's a lot of reading-like what's in history books. Artifacts are neat and cool, but we saw a lot of this type of stuff on Virginia and Washington, so I felt like it was a repeat. Everything is expensive in Charleston, so... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

In this building is a treasure trove of South Carolina History. Plan to spend a full afternoon to see everything here.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This museum offers 3 possible sites to tour. The museum itself, as well as two historic homes. We chose the museum and the historic home right next door. The museum is much bigger than it looks. Beautiful displays of early life in Charleston. A great place to visit when it's raining. We went midweek and it wasn't crowded.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Charleston Museum was founded as a place to exhibit curiosities of the world. There is a little bit of everything for everyone. While the current acquisition policy is to concentrate on South Carolina, in the past this wasn't the case in shows up in the wide variety of collections housed within the museum. If you or your kids are bored... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My parents took me, we took our kids, and now returned with our grandkids. In todays fast paced world, with electronic everything, take the time to visit and remember where we have been. Take the kids, and grandkids on an adventure.

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My daughter studied SC history this year and was obsessed with going to this museum! I had never been before so I had no expectations. Admission was reasonable at $12 for adults and $5 for children over 3. We spent about an hour here (the 4 year-old wasn't as patient) but I could see being here 2 hours to take... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A superb learning experience for "kids from 1 to 92." A great family venue that is a true teaching and learning experience. Make sure to ask for the scavenger hunt. There are two available based on age. I toured with my 14 year old grand daughter and it is a brilliant opportunity to learn together. The artifacts from history great.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I toured the Charleston Museum on the first day of my recent vacation. I went in the morning, when they first opened before I went on guided tours of the city. It was a nice introduction to the history and story of this city. I had read a few mixed reviews, but I found the museum to be of a... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

First top for our day in Charleston, SC and we spent 2 hours there! It has a great assortment of history from the Revolutionary War up to WWII. An added bonus was the natural history exhibit that had displays of both current and extinct: whales, crocodiles, birds, sea life, and large mammals. There is a small exhibit on Roman and... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We wish we would have gotten there sooner in the day, as we could have spent more time reading information and studying things more than we did. That's our fault, not the museums! This is a good museum. Better than we expected. You really should go here if you visit Charleston.

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Additional Information about Charleston Museum

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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