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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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1:00 pm - 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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Oldest museum in the United States

As someone who is fascinated by history, especially the history of the Civil War, it is staggering to note how many museums my wife and I visit while traveling throughout the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 714 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

As someone who is fascinated by history, especially the history of the Civil War, it is staggering to note how many museums my wife and I visit while traveling throughout the United States. To be honest, we weren't aware of many of them. Like the Charleston Museum, which is the oldest museum in the United States. It was founded in... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Charleston is such a wonderful city that we tend to forget I think that despite its recent growth, it is a small city in many respects. For example, they have no movie theaters downtown to speak of. So when we experience the Charleston Museum, we were doubly impressed. This is a museum that manages to teach a lot about Charleston... More 

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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very impressed with the quality of the artifacts and displays. Tremendous sections of the American Revolution and the Civil War.Quite a surprise with the Natural History Section, they even have a Mummy. Would recommend all visitors to Charleston to make this a Must

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Jonesboro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We thought we would pop in here during a recent rain storm and ended up spending over 2 hours. If it were not closing, we would have spent more time. There are a lot of items here to see. It is set up like a time line of Charleston.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This museum offers area history and has displays depicting life and activities in the South Carolina area, especially in the Charleston area. There are many physical items depicting the Civil War and the slave trade and market. The entrance tickets are for good all day, so you may leave and return, if so desired. Discounts on ticket purchases are available... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Some very interesting collections. We enjoyed the uniforms exhibit which was extensive, including a number of different Confederate Army uniforms, but oddly not a single Union Army uniform. There are a number of video presentations showing different aspects of African American history, however the placement of the video displays makes watching them awkward.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Always love going to museums. Was impressed with how clean and comfortable this museum is. Had a great time

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Liberty Hill, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a lovely museum with wonderful historical artifacts that give you a good feel for the city's history. My husband is a big Gershwin fan, so he was thrilled to see the piano on which he wrote Porgy and Bess!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lots is great exhibits and historical relics. Don't miss the three barrel pistol and the pirate stories.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Probably one of the oddest museums I have toured. The entry begins with a whale skeleton that the locals killed, then you go upstairs to the right, which hosts a treasure of Charleston history and artifacts. This part of the museum is worth touring, as periods of Native American Indians, early settlers, slavery, and American history are explored. Then the... More 

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