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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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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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Ohio
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is the oldest public building in South Carolina. As the name suggests, it was the place where the gunpowder was safely stored. It is built with thick walls and in a way that in case of explosion, the wall would hold, but the roof would collapse letting the sand, that is stored on top of it, fall and extinguish... More 

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

We are so glad that you came to visit us and had a great experience! We updated our exhibits for our 300th anniversary in 2013, and have some very informative displays. Research has shown that a typical visit to our site averages around 25 minutes. Our admission price is based on this information and the needs of maintaining this 1713... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It's the oldest in Charleston and historic, but a small place and not much to see. $10 for a family seems reasonable but, the place leaves me yearning for more.

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

Thank you so much for coming in to visit us. The $10 family rate is good for 3-5 people which could come out as low as $2 per person. We believe this to be a great value. The Powder Magazine is a small museum, but is filled with exhibits, artifacts and staffed by historians eager to share their knowledge. Your... More 

Yardville, New Jersey
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

WE only drove by this in a carriage tour but good information and if mom was walking better we would have stopped ere.

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Columbus, Ohio
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60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Interesting building and a good place to visit for history buffs. Built in 1713 it is the oldest standing building in Charleston.

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PalmettoMike, Media and Marketing at The Powder Magazine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to visit us, we are so glad you came! The history of the Powder Magazine is indeed amazing! More 

Motherwell, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

My husband thoroughly enjoyed this visit. The man on site was very knowledgeable and we tried out some of the rifles and thehistoric element was very interesting. Maps of battles and information points were fab. Enjoyed our visit

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PalmettoMike, Media and marketing at The Powder Magazine, responded to this review

Thank you for making us part of your visit! We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable and friendly docents. A fun element of our museum is the hands-on interaction of colonial weapons. We are always looking for ways to improve the museum, so please come back to see us again! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 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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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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