Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Berny L
    155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    We had a lovely time walking through the history of this building. Lots to read and the dungeon tour was very informative. The guide was enthusiastic about sharing the history of the provost. We bought a combined ticket which I would recommend if you want to visit the Old Slave Mart museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Life2Travel
    Charlotte, North Carolina1,620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dungeon tour
    We did a tour here, wanting something other than a historic house. The dungeon tour was interesting and well paced 30 minutes with Carol. We also learned the history of the building. The main and top floors are just explore on your own exhibits but worth the time. We purchased the combo ticket which also included the Slave Mart.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • AuntK21327
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good tour and knowledge
    Good tour. Workers are very knowledgeable. The dungeon tour was great. Our guide was very informative, his story telling was engaging, lots of good tidbits. There was a younger gentleman upstairs who too was a wreath of knowledge and more than willing to share. Lots of people were asking him questions. This place has a lot of history. Lots of well known, historical figures have walked through this building. Definitely a stop to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Neillibin
    La Mesa, California454 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Exchange and Provost Dungeons
    Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon was a very informative tour, mostly self paced with no guide or automated guide, which could be more useful. Lots to see on the main and upstairs. Downstairs is the Dungeon, which includes a guide to explain the history behind the dungeon. It was very informative as well as visually interesting.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Cynthia J
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
My child had learned that there was a dungeon in Charleston. While there we stopped in for him to see it. The tour of the dungeon lasted 25 minutes. My children, 7 and 5, very politely listened to the the tour guide as he talked the whole 25 minutes. There was no time for the kids to look around and pose their own questions. We were asked to leave for the sake of the next tour which was two people. I asked when we could come back to spend more time and was firmly told no. I was very disappointed for my child who had really been looking forward to seeing the dungeon. Not really worth the money if you aren't afforded the time to explore.
Written February 16, 2021
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Elizabeth K
San Jose, CA167 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The information in the rooms upstairs left something to be desired—I wasn’t quite sure what the building was for or why it was significant. But when we took the dungeon tour, a lot of the blanks were filled in. I wish the tour had been more factual—a lot of it seemed like conjecture on the part of the tour guide, but he was engaging and mostly well informed, so I came away feeling like I had learned something.
Written February 21, 2020
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michelenerangel
Bristow, VA49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Great Price for a tour with so much history. The kids and I really felt the presence of our founding fathers when walking through the building. I highly recommend waiting for your time slot to have a tour of the dungeon as well. Our guide was wonderful and we really got a sense of how much he studied and revered the history that took place in that space. The old pictures on the staircase wall were so cool and the we loved comparing the old pictures to where we were today. My daughter an Alexander Hamilton scholar and 8 year old :) was so excited to see where his buddy George Washington spoke. It was great 2 hours learning, remembering, and being educated on the history of the building and neighborhood.
Written April 14, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
The Old Exchange or Custom House was built from 1767-1771 and is arguably amongst the 3 most important public buildings from the colonial period still standing joining Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Faneuil Hall in Boston. So much history inside these walls. It is here where South Carolina selected it’s delegates to the 2nd Continental Congress and where the South Carolina convention was held to ratify the US Constitution. It was the focal point during George Washington’s week long visit to the city. It also served as a prison by the British during the Revolutionary War and this can be experienced during the guided tour of the dungeons included in price of admission. The 2 main floors can be explored on your own. You need 60-90 minutes to take it all in. Anyone who has any appreciation of history should not miss visiting this treasure.
Written December 7, 2021
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Carmen B
Buffalo, NY354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
As one of the last buildings constructed under British rule in Charleston, this structure is really something to behold. The dungeon is worth the price by itself. The architecture and authenticity are mind-blowing, and the story behind it was supremely interesting. Upstairs, the rooms that held celebrations for George Washington’s Southern tour will give you a nice feel for the time period. The artifacts are well-chosen and nicely displayed. Overall, it was an interesting and well-designed museum and well worth the price of admission.
Written May 31, 2021
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited the day after a guided walking history tour with a licensed guide.

The building was central to historic Charleston.

I thought the best part was the guided tour of the Provost Dungeon with a docent in period garb. Period Scenes of the use of the Dungeon are illustrated with mannequins and reconstructions. Really brings it meaning.

The main and upper floors have a number of exhibits relating to personages who were key players in Charleston history.

Not expensive to visit - $9/senior

We spent almost 2 hours here.
Written May 23, 2020
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Patrick M
Fremont, OH16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The top two floors have a nice mix of pictures, information boards, and artifacts. The guided tour of the dungeon was very good and most interesting. Our guide took a few extra minutes and told a few additional stories. Enjoyed this very much.
Written March 10, 2020
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Chris Boehmke
Charleston, SC165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Saw the historical sign and walked in to check it out. We made it just in time for a tour. Turns out Robert Phillips works there! He’s a well known tour guide who I’ve been on several tours in the past around the city. My favorite part was learning about this painting of Washington :-). Thanks for another history lesson Mr. Phillips!
Written October 3, 2020
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SoCalRoadWarrior
Yorba Linda, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was a great piece of history. We were able to easily spend about 2 hours here, looking at artifacts, reading through history, and doing the dungeon tour. I cannot say I would go again, just because I feel we were able to mostly take it all in the first time. But I do recommend it for anyone that enjoys putting the pieces of history together.

On our road trip, we went to Charleston, Savannah, and Saint Augustine. It has been interesting to see how their history is tied together. We came to Charleston first, and were able to learn things, at this site, that helped to make sense of things we learned about in the other two cities.
Written June 28, 2021
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Sophia O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Our tour guide Zach was wonderful. He did a thorough job of narrating American history with attention to excluded voices. We also chanced upon him at the Old Slave Mart Museum where he did a thoughtful job answering our question!
Written August 16, 2021
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