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The Powder Magazine

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Address: 79 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 1120, Charleston, SC 29402
Phone Number: 843-723-1624
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period...
The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.
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A little place but a great overview of the history of a town VERY OLD with a rich navel history from early settlers to pirates to Revolutionary War. A few interactive displays... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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Charleston, South Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This little building has been around since before the United States. Its history is amazing and the simple technoilogy that it represents is pretty neat. The building itself is not large, and there are only a few displays within the building itself. If you just go in to the building and roam around reading a few things here and there... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

A little place but a great overview of the history of a town VERY OLD with a rich navel history from early settlers to pirates to Revolutionary War. A few interactive displays. A couple nice dioramas of early Charleston seaport.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Being SC natives my husband love the history that our state and the city of Charleston holds. We have have past by on foot many time but never took notice of the odd building in the middle downtown. While the "tour" does cost it is a fun and informative glimpse into the old city. The men that run the building... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Not everyone that enters will understand the uniqueness of this building and its rich history. It is small but that it how it was built to serve as a powder magazine. Your guide was phenomenal!!! He explained every aspect of the building and then told us the story about its preservation-restoration even explaining that US Dames Society owns and maintains... More 

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Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

After reading other reviews, we thought this would be a neat historical tour. So we paid our $10 and entered into a one room exhibit. Honestly there was nothing there that even remotely peaked our interest. We lasted about 5-10 minutes then moved on. My husband and I enjoy historical tours, but we would not recommend this one. Save your... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is a one room museum but worth visiting. Has several fun activities such as being able to play with a real muzzle loader. The signs give good information on the history of the building and its purpose.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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140 reviews 140 reviews
50 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My husband and I visited the Powder Magazine in October. Their tour is educational and I think it's especially great for kids. Since, we had already done a powder magazine tour in Williamsburg, VA it wasn't anything new for us. I highly recommend it for families, but if you've learned about historic powder magazine somewhere else, it might not be... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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106 reviews 106 reviews
58 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

By far, this is the smallest museum in historic Charleston, a mere $5.00 entrance fee and we were in. At first sight, we were underwhelmed, however, the guide provided a brief introduction and said he'd return after we'd perused the area. We examined the artifacts and asked questions, he answered and provided additional historical information. It is one of those... More 

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New York City, New York
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199 reviews 199 reviews
77 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited here after heading about it on the carriage tour. The outside of the building was cool, so I wanted to see the inside. Honestly, it was not worth the 5$ admission to me. It is one room with a bunch of posted containing historical facts, and a few artifacts. I wouldn't do it again.

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Montecito, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While this is a historical building, the few displays were underwhelming. Some muskets and a model diorama.

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