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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
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History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots...

History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view a section of the 1698 fortification that once protected the Walled City. Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained.

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Ghosts!

Went here on a ghost tour..loved the dungeons but only because I was not one of the pirates, revolutionary rebels or other unfortunate folk who spent time there. Saw the original... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Michael S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here on a ghost tour..loved the dungeons but only because I was not one of the pirates, revolutionary rebels or other unfortunate folk who spent time there. Saw the original sea wall which has been excavated. Great tour and historic context.

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stumbled upon this historic Jewell our first day walking through Charleston. What a pleasant surprise. Take the guided tour of the Dungeon. You can spend hours learning about the history of early commerce in the Charleston region. Put this on your list of places to visit during your trip to Charleston.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I found the Provost Dungeon tour as a break from a popup thunderstorm. It was worth the hour long visit with a view of the dungeons and a historical narrative from a very knowledgeable docent. Most interesting was the discovery of the old seawall (half moon battery) in the dungeon one of only two places that the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a worthwhile side trip that helps give you a total picture of the history of Charleston. you can cover this building pretty well in an hour. The tour of the dungeon is good and the architecture and history is interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly not to be missed if visiting Charleston. a great way to spend a couple of hours out of the heat. very informative guide who helped us understand and appreciate the reasons behind the war of Independence from the British

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building is full of history. The basement is full of costumed mannequins which the tour guide does a good job of explaining. On the second floor we met a pair of Revolutionary War reenactors who wowed our rotten kids by teaching them how to load muskets. There are plenty of wall displays detailing local history and notable personalities. It... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the less expensive museum attractions in old Charleston, and the experience was well worth partaking in! Three levels of the building are open, including the lower level Dungeons. Some very interesting displays and facts about Charleston in the Revolutionary War, and the history of the building. Highly recommend.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff are dressed in time period; one area closed off so you couldn't get close to get a good look. Dungeon tour was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest, we didn't realize where we were at first, we just stopped in to grab a bit of air conditioning in the sweltering heat, but we stayed around for a tour of the cellar which was a prison early in the life of the building. Our tour guide was so well informed, and you can tell it isn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Charleston Sole Walking tour we did started and ended at this building, and I remembered our guide talking about the dungeon below containing remnants of the old sea wall below and I felt the cool air coming out of the front door so we stopped in. $10 admission for adults and we arrived just before a dungeon tour was... More 

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