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The Powder Magazine

Address: 79 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 1120, Charleston, SC 29402 (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 843-723-1624
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Ranked #98 of 204 things to do in Charleston
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
50 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Extremely nice and helpful staff. Child friendly exhibits. My children are 2 and 5 and they had a good time. It is small, but don't let the size fool you. The displays are modern in appearance and very informative. Take the time to talk to the docents and you will be happy with their breadth of knowledge about Charleston. It... More 

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Glendale, California
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133 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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