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Charleston Museum

Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone Number: 843-722-2996
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Ranked #23 of 108 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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Madison, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My husband truly enjoyed our recent visit to the Charleston Museum. I would put it on the top of your list, especially on a rainy day!

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Townville, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This was such a fun exhibit. It was a great surprise to see the expansive collections from so many different places. I can't say enough, but I would put this on the top of your list of places to see. We don't have small children any longer but I think it is great for families of all ages.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My wife and I went on a random rainy day. We are local and had been wanting to go. Glad we did. A really great museum. Lots of things to stop and read rather than just look at so it takes some time. There is some really cool stuff, and a great way to understand the vast history of Charleston... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I learned that this is the oldest museum in America, founded in 1773! The museum has a real mummy! I think the coolest thing I saw was a button belonging to George Washington, from his inauguration! For this history nerd, especially American Presidential history, this is the “cream of the crop”! They also have his christening cup, who would have... More 

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Warman, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

How cool to have the chance to tour the first museum in America!! There is really an awful lot to see and read here and I would have loved the chance to do the museum over several visits. That said, don't let that turn you off of visiting. Pick and choose what interests you and plan to spend at least... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We visited the Charleston Museum in June while "touring our town". It is packed full of exhibits and information. There are a lot of short videos that can be watched, a lot of reading about exhibits, and even more to look at. It was a fun, informative experience. We bundled the admission with admission to the Joseph Manigault House -... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This museum has everything! From a Polar Bear to a Mummy and relics from the American Revolution and Civil War! It is almost overwhelming. My wife and I commenced our tour when the museum opened in the morning. We had purchased a 3 pack that included two mansions as well as the museum so we had lots to explore. We... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My hubby and I went here during our trip to Charleston. We got a discount for combining it with 2 historical homes (Joseph Manigault House and Heyward-Washington House) and THEN got a $1 off per person with a AAA discount on top of that. Normally it's about $10 per historical site, but we saved $9 total so for 3 sites... More 

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Valley Stream, NY
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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