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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-722-2996
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Ranked #26 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
30 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband is a major history buff. LOVES museums and monuments and anything history related. He visits what he can when he can, which is not often because he lives with 3 girls who just love ice cream, dress up, and all things pretty. Anyway, he went to the museum and we 3 girls went to the Aquarium. He was... More

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Protem, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Single adult admission was $10. Two story building with lots of low country history. But they also have artifacts from early Egypt and Roman time, fossils, civil war. I would allow a couple of hours to see everything. It was certainly worth ten bucks just to get out of the July heat. I was in Charleston for 3 days and... More

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Los Cabos, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Most enjoyed seeing the old exhibits from the original museum, which was first museum in the country. Sort of a cabinet of curiosities feel. Interesting to learn that SC had a native parrot, but sad to learn it became extinct quite long ago.

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Kosice, Slovakia
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11 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum lays claim to being the oldest in country, it is full of collections and very informative and interesting. It's not very big, and some of the items seem a bit odd to me put together, it's like a museum for a bit of everything, primarily the rise of Charleston, the Slave trade and war of Independence. Then there... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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315 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Though pretty small, this is the oldest museum in the country, which automatically ups the cool factor for me! The combo price is pretty good ($22 for three museums, or $10 each individually), and they have a whale skeleton hanging up. Take a look!

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