The Old Exchange/Provost Dungeon is one of those places they always tell you to visit. It's honestly kind of cheesy, but you can see some interesting things. The costumes are pretty horribly inaccurate, and the tour actually includes animatronic pirates, but there is some cool history available, too. For example, you can actually see a piece of the original wall in the Dungeon's basement. In case you don't know, Charleston was the only walled city the English built in the North American mainland holdings. They captured a few others, but Charleston was the only walled city they constructed, and they did so out of fear of the Spanish. If you're looking for something to do inside, I suggest checking it out, but there are some outdoor attractions I'd stop by first!
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February 28, 2013
Thanks for writing. I have flagged this review for Trip Advisor for the following reason: due to ongoing mechanical issues and a format change we have not run the animatronics displays in over a year and a half. Our tours have since this time been 100% led by costumed docents. We have no plans in the future to reactivate the animatronics. Your comments have led me to believe that your visit was from a much earlier time and does not reflect a current visit to our museum.
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I'm not sure if you’re referring to the docents’ costumes or the animatronics costumes, but I'll address both. Some of our docents have purchased and wear their own costumes, and these individuals take pride in their accurate portrayal. We allow any time period that is relevant to our building, so allow them to dress from early Colonial up to WW II (we were the HQ of a local Coast Guard base from 1942-1947). Other docents are dressed in Old Exchange provided costumes. These outfits are period correct, and are either Colonial or Revolutionary period. We order these items from the same company Colonial Williamsburg uses for their outfitting needs.
Our animatronics, now used as static displays, were similarly costumed. That being said, we do have plans to update their wardrobe, and will strive to be correct in our choices!
We are glad that you enjoyed learning about the Walled City! Seeing that late 17th century brick fortification is a treat for those who enjoy history. It is the only place in Charleston that the public can see the wall exposed as it was. Thank you for your comments, and hope you will come back to see us again!!
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