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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-722-2996
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Ranked #25 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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 « less
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Charleston Museum which is located beside the Visitors center is a very well laid out and easy to stroll through. There is a very reasonable charge. The remade Hundley copy is a great photo draw. Well worth the time and cost.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the museum to get an idea of the history of the area, and it did not disappoint. Very good geological, anthropological, historical, and cultural overview of the area with a good wildlife section as well. The kids area is fun as well, and my college aged daughters had fun trying on hoop skirts and civil war period dresses... More

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ChasMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Charleston Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, Tyler L. It's great to know that you and your family found the Museum helpful and educational for your trip to Charleston. Glad to hear that your daughters had fun with our fashion try-on station-- those hoop skirts are always interesting to try to wear for the first time! We hope that you will all come back again... More

DeWitt, Michigan
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301 reviews 301 reviews
81 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We did a side trip to Charleston, my husband a history buff, we visited the Museum, very impressive, especially for a self guided tour. The displays are very well done, and very informative. The videos also very well done. Missing, the elderly, volunteers that love to walk up to yo an point out special things that you will miss, the... More

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ChasMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Charleston Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, SharieN_13! We are happy to hear that you and your husband think so highly of the Museum and our exhibits. Your feedback is much appreciated. Having docents in the galleries to interact with adult visitors is something that we are hoping for in the future. Hopefully you will both stop by next time you're in... More

Summerville, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Conveniently located across the street from the visitor center. A good place to begin your visit to Charleston, especially if you are only here for a short time. Easy to navigate and has an elevator. Many interesting exhibits but especially good, in depth history of the city, very well presented. A good investment of a couple of hours to get... More

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ChasMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Charleston Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough review! We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your time at The Charleston Museum and agree with us that it is a great way to get to know the city as you begin your time here. It’s wonderful to see that you took so much away from our exhibits. Your feedback is much appreciated... More

Southampton, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Since we were only in Charleston for a day, we were limited in how far we could range. The Charleston Museum happened to be across the street from our hotel, so we spent the last part of our day out there before closing time. The best part of the museum is a wing dedicated to the history of Charleston, which... More

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34 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Im not sure whether this is trying to be an historical museum, a natural history museum, or a children's museum? It is a confusing mix of all three. Given the history surrounding Charleston I feel this would be better as an historical museum, and invest more in this, rather than try to be 3 museums in one. There must be... More

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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our family loves museums so this was on our "must do" list while in Charleston. The map online makes it look rather small so we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived and it was much larger than expected. The admission price was only $10 per person so it was very reasonable. Our 9 year old daughter just loves history so... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Charleston Museum brings to life and puts into perspective the history of the area. It tells the story of the wars, politics and social changes through the decades via a chronology of beautifully exhibited and annotated artifacts. It is a perfect conclusion to tours of the city, historical buildings, forts, plantations and the many other attractions the city has... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

On our way home, we decided to stop in to the museum. I love history! The museum had so much to see from the past! My 3 year old daughter got to play tea party in a plantation home her size. I had to drag her out. Would love to go back without kids and get to enjoy it more.... More

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited the first museum in the U.S. for the first time in all the years we've spent time in Charleston. It was worth it ($20 adults) to us, but, a family might feel the price a little steep. Great displays chronicle the history of Charleston, SC from the 1600s to more modern times. Literature recommends you allow 1 hour for... More

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