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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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9:00 am - 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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A pleasant few hours

This small museum, as a few reviewers have pointed out, is in a deplorable building for Charleston. But the museum is quite well laid out and there are two restored houses to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Woodinville, Washington
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Woodinville, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This small museum, as a few reviewers have pointed out, is in a deplorable building for Charleston. But the museum is quite well laid out and there are two restored houses to view. I visited the house across the street from the museum, the Manigault house and enjoyed my three hours total in both places. A good way to spend... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We found this to be a nicely organized regional museum with a comprehensive section on the history of the Charleston area from the pre-historic era through the late 1800's. Directly across from the Visitor's Center, it is convenient and a great way to spend a couple of hours viewing their well-displayed exhibits.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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55 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The value of this museum was great. I visited this museum expecting much less than I received. This was a great museum to learn about the civil war battle that happened here as well as see household items from homes of that area. Some of the items were found as remnants from homes that were destroyed. Civil war guns and... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was absolutely amazed by the extent of this museum. The prehistoric area has bones galore and the history of the area was so extensive I would love another couple of days to get lost in there.

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Pompton Plains, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Make sure you go to the right at the top of the stairs. Very interesting narrative about slave skills. Many historical photos and drawings depicting the various phases of Charleston history

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

i've been to Charleston several times, but i had not visited the Charelston Museum. For some reason, I assumed a museum could not be great unless it was situated in a major metropolitan market like New York or LA or San Francisco. Wrong! The Charleston Museum is a fantastic museum! It has some incredible artifacts from the area and does... More 

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Carmichael, California
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25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I actually found myself spending more time than I had expected in this museum. It is informative, interesting, and well presented. They use a variety of ways to share the history of Charleston, including a separate area displaying the birds and animals of the area. It is very close to the Visitors' Center, so stop there first, then move on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

After years of driving by Charleston Museum, we finally pulled in. We spent hours tooling around the museum reading articles about Charleston's past, viewing everything from iron gates to taxidermy. It is well worth the trip downtown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The Charleston Museum is a great place to visit for a detailed look at the history of the city and surrounding area. The city has played a major part in the history of the USA from very early on, from the Revolutionary War, up through the Civil War. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, put this on your... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The Charleston Museum proudly presents this beautiful city's history in great detail. Not only is the history of Charleston's inhabitants and development shared, but also the evolution of the Low Country through the geological ages. The film presentations were very interesting and well done. The short film of the slaves brought from Africa and rice growing was fascinating. Very often... More 

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