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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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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Extremely well done displays on Charleston's History; extensive paleontology exhibits, plus Civil War era exhibits. A great first stop before a walk through adjacent historical Mansions, etc.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

I also visit museums in towns I travel in . This is a good museum with a lot of knowledge of the Low Country. It is nice place to relax and stroll through exhibits on a hot Charleston day.

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California
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12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been to Charleston several times but last week I had the opportunity to visit the Charleston Museum for the first time. My favorite area was the low country museum exhibit. You will see a timeline of history from the 1600s all the way through the Civil War and beyond. Be sure to set aside a few hours for... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We spent almost 3 hours here and had to hurry through some of it because they were getting ready to close. Far surpasses the South Carolina State Museum which is not a bad museum at all. The highlight for me was reading the letters from the home front during The War Between the States. I learned so much about the... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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111 reviews 111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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112 reviews 112 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 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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85 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
14 attraction reviews
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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212 reviews 212 reviews
35 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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