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The Powder Magazine

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Address: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29402
Phone Number: 18437229350
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of...

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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Historic little building from Charleston's beginnings.

The Powder magazine is not a big place, nor is it filled with lots and lots of artifacts. However, it is a fantastic example of the architecture used in powder magazines during... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dave C
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Summerville, South Carolina, United States

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Powder magazine is not a big place, nor is it filled with lots and lots of artifacts. However, it is a fantastic example of the architecture used in powder magazines during the revolutionary war. Lots of interesting historic tidbits are explained throughout the building. Several cannons are on display, and a pillory. Located across the street from a parking... More 

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Thank Dave C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the museum has plenty of information about its heritage and the importance of its origin during our nations birth and separation. Some of the exhibits are interactive which is good for families with children. We explored this on a special museum pass for the month of January which made it very reasonable.

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Thank Tim O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Visited along a guided tour. Rich in history but slightly small and quick to get through. I would plan on seeing other sites as well with this site.

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PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Housed in a small historic building, this museum is well-done, but very...compact. There's not much there after you've read through the five or so exhibits. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and the entry price was reasonable, so the value was excellent.

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Zeeland, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We just happened upon this neat museum. We are glad we took the time to visit since the displays were very interesting and well executed. The host was very friendly.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

We went in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, and the museum was quiet, giving us a chance to talk to John, who was working there. He was very knowledgeable and gave us some interesting insights into the history of the magazine. This would be a great place for kids, as there are plenty of interactive features and... More 

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Pleasant Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Host at the museum were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is sept and it is warm inside the building. It is small but it has lots of information. So glad we went. They even offered information of other sights to see.

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Thank Pamela C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

An interesting charmingly restored/preserved magazine now showcased as a beautiful museum. Excellent restoration and museum boards. Don't miss this little gem.

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PalmettoMike, Public Relations Manager at The Powder Magazine, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Powder Magazine and writing this review. We are adding exhibits every year to commemorate the American Revolution, so please stop by next time you are in Charleston for something new! Safe travels! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Small, don't plan on needing a ton of time to visit it, but it is incredible to be standing in a building built in 1713. The admission is a great deal, and this is worth a stop

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It is tucked out of the way in Charleston and off the beaten path, but it is well worth a stop if you want to see how Charleston was used during it's founding and the Revolutionary War. It is very educational and had nice hands on exhibits.

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PalmettoMike, Public Relations Manager at The Powder Magazine, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Powder Magazine! We are so glad that you enjoyed the museum. We are always looking at ways to update our exhibits, so please stop by on your next visit to Charleston. More 

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