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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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A Good Introduction to South Carolina History

On a recent visit to Charleston, my husband was in business meetings all day. So, for something to do, I wandered down to this lovely little museum to see what it had to offer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Sharon, Connecticut
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Waxhaw
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Charleston Museum holds a lot of great information about he city of Charleston. Not only do you learn about the city, but you learn some great information about the Revolutionary War, slavery, and the Civil War. They also have a Natural History section providing visitors with a look at the ecosystems of the Low Country. For the kids, they... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter-in-law is from Charleston so when we flew there so she could show me the beautiful town, I told her we were going to do "tourist" stuff". Since she had never been to the museum and the two houses, I said lets do it. We both loved the museum and were impressed with all of the exhibits of Southern... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I was finishing a cruise and met friends for a day in Charleston. We spent a couple of hours here. We did not do the natural history part, the kids part, or the special exhibit. We spent all of our time enjoying the historical section. This was the perfect ending for my spring break (a cruise from Jacksonville to Charleston).... More 

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Sharon, Connecticut
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32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

On a recent visit to Charleston, my husband was in business meetings all day. So, for something to do, I wandered down to this lovely little museum to see what it had to offer. What a pleasant surprise! My area of interest was the American Revolution and I was not disappointed by the displays. I took a couple of hours... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This museum has some excellent artifacts, but sadly they are lost in the ugliness of the building, which is truly an affront to all that Charleston stands for. How could Charleston, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, have permitted this building to represent them?? They once had a beautiful museum, but all that is left are the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stopped by the Charleston museum thinking we would find a civil war museum. And while the war does take up a large portion of the museum I was pleasantly surprised to find many other interesting exhibits as well. The first few exhibits were about the plantations, slave trade, and rice cropping, which I found very interesting... More 

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really just the second floor but it was full. Part of tour ticket we bought. Large section on clothing and everyday items was fun. History of the early Carolinas and the city included lots of personal items of historic people. The section on slavery and plantations was excellent and moving. I didn't expect that. Natural history area had some well-preserved... More 

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Tucson
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61 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We like to visit local museums when we first get to a new area we're going to be touring. Sometimes it's a good idea sometimes not. In this case it was a good idea. The Charleston Museum is a fine little gem that gives the history and background of this fascinating city and environs. It gives context and meaning to... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent museum, learned a lot about early Charleston and Colonial Carolina. Lots of displays were worn out after 2 hours, breezed through the animals and did not even see the Textile portion. My guess is to allow over 3 hours, $10 each to get in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Had been to Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant before venturing into Charleston. The museum was a great follow up to the plantation trip because of the chronological progression of the 2nd floor display which began with some local Native American artifacts, then progressed into a larger display of Colonial artifacts, Plantation Era artifacts, and Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.... More 

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