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The Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 1120, Charleston, SC 29402 (Downtown)
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Ranked #58 of 108 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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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
70 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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410 reviews 410 reviews
118 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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242 reviews 242 reviews
78 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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