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The Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 1120, Charleston, SC 29402 (Downtown)
843-723-1624
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Ranked #40 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: #7 on  The Charleston Museum Mile. It is nearly 300 years old and is the oldest public building in South Carolina. It served as an arsenal and a key... more »
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Glendale, California
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300 reviews 300 reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The history is amazing and the fact that this is still around is pretty cool! Can see by carriage or walking

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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195 reviews 195 reviews
62 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

A great historic attraction in downtown Charleston. The staff was friendly and informative. While the site is basically just one small building, the exhibits are informative and well presented. For anyone interested in Charleston history, this should be a must stop.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Tiny place, but full of history. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable... Able to answer all of our questions. We'd have never thought to stop here, but it was included in our pirate tour. Worth finding!

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California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The museum is very small. The $5 entrance fee is a bit much for what you see, but it does help preserve history. It consists of some artifacts, hands on exhibits and several signs to read. My husband enjoyed the video game where he sank a pirate ship. The staff was very friendly and are happy to answer any questions.

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The powder magazine is a great and inexpensive time in downtown Charleston. There are many interactive exhibits and items that you can view, and this is probably the oldest building in both North and South Carolina! The people working there are very passionate about the Museums history and are very engaging in explaining the importance of the building. It's the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Don't be discouraged by the size of this museum. It is truly delightful inside, with lots of interesting information. The staff encourage people to interact with the exhibits, so I got some great pictures of my husband and I brandishing rifles and spears and locked in the stocks out front. The gift shop is small but the staff is friendly... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This was a fun stop. It is very small, but it makes for a nice little stop along the way. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. This is a good stop for kids but was interesting for adults as well.

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New York City, New York
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134 reviews 134 reviews
56 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The cannons, muskets, guns etc.. Are a huge hit for little boys. We only stopped here due to the start of the pirate tour but it was a fun wait (don't say too often....). Well-curated gift shop

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Minnetonka
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This museum is kind of neat and fun. However, I only gave it 3 stars because it is so small. For $5, I thought it should have had more. What was there was interesting, but it is really small.

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Kansas City
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

A fun and educational stop. The interactive displays are a bit dated, but the information was easy to understand and truly fascinating. Caught the walking pirate tour out of here and loved it. Made Charleston a much more interesting place.

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