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The Powder Magazine

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Address: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29402
Phone Number: 843-723-1624
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10:00 am - 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
Ron A
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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Yardville, New Jersey
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53 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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121 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 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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101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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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120 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 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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Address: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29402
Phone Number: 843-723-1624
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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