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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-722-2996
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Ranked #24 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The first half is the history of the area, particularly cotton and rice farming, and the salve trade. Also the lead up to the civil war and beyond. Very informative. The second half is of the museum as it was set up to relate to natural history and clothing, furniture, silverware. The first half was better from my perspective. It's... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Always take folks here but April is a busy month. This is one great museum for the area and a must see if you are here.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Although our visit was more of a mad dash, you could certainly spend a nice afternoon in the diverse and interesting museum! The Charleston Museum was actually founded in 1773, the first in our nation, with a great location on Charleston's Museum Mile on Meeting Street. I was attracted tone of the rotating exhibits - costumes/dresses as part of the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

The smaller size of the museum made it a very digestible 1.5 hour journey through the history (human and natural) of the Charleston. The end had a quirky payoff with an Egypt section with artifacts leftover from the original Charleston Museum. Overall a worthy stop.

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Pasadena, California
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22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Great way to spend two hours indoors in Charleston on a rainy day. Exhibits relating to Charleston's history (plantations, war, etc.) Displays of old silver, fashion across time, natural history, and a kids' area. Enjoyable and educational; a lot to look at.

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Rochester, New York
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21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Tucked into a quiet street off the main thoroughfare by King Street, we stopped in here as we had not visited any museums during our week long trip. This one, had some interesting tidbits of local history, and an interesting mummy and taxidermy-like room. However, we breezed through here in less than hour - overall thinking that this place is... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Replica of civil war submarine outside. Many interesting historical items relating to Charleston on the inside. Good for young and old alike, as it has interactive children's exhibits.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was a very interesting museum and taught us a great deal about the history of Charleston. We went our first day in the city and found it helped us better understand everything we did and saw during the next few days.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The museum is on the small side but does allow one to browse through relative quickly. We spent two hours there and had a chance to learn Charleston's history. The natural history exhibit room is pretty simple and lacks an interesting scheme.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I went earlier today with my family. 4 of us for 35 dollars! There was soooo much information in this place its crazy! We took about an hour and 1/2 but could have been in there much longer. Very quiet, but nice atmosphere. The best part for me was the textile and the rooms with the animals! Definitely must go!

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