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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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Address: 122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2103
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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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stuck in the dungeon

Great place to visit at the last minute. We arrived and were allowed access right away with no wait and took part in the dungeon tour. Very informative and very well laid out... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
brian0910
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to visit at the last minute. We arrived and were allowed access right away with no wait and took part in the dungeon tour. Very informative and very well laid out. Great for history buffs of all ages.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having lived on the west coast all my life, it just amazes me how much history is packed into the east and Provost Dungeon is no exception. This place is packed with loads of history but the most fascinating area is the dungeon where prisoners were held awaiting their fate. They've uncovered a section of the old fort wall which... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did this tour when we recently had company visiting from out of town. Even as locals we learned some of Charleston's history and really enjoyed our guide. The building is beautiful.

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Thank AndeeDawn
Huntersville, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two floors of the building are open display areas where you read the displays. Provost is in the lower level and is interesting and informational. In general this is a great very old historic building with quite a story behind it.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself, particularly the "dungeon" is interesting in that it contains an original part of the wall that protected the city. Te exhibits are ordinary and not well presented.

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Thank Mike H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool place - I learned a lot about the history of the area. A little boring for little kids but the dungeon was interesting for them. My boys are 5 and 6/almost 7. They enjoyed the gift shop the best. I wish I had brought something to keep them occupied while I looked around and read more about the history.... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not sure what to expect but the tour of the dungeon was very interesting and the self guided tour though the whole building was fascinating. I read all of the signage. Well worth the donation price.

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Hampton, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Beacon of Charleston's vast history, we really enjoyed the tour and we felt like we got a lot of value for a small amount of money. Any history buffs who visit Charleston would be remiss not to visit the Old Exchange first and take a tour of the Dungeon. Not going to ruin any info here but our tour... More 

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Chattanoo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around in the rooms in the Old Exchange and then went down to the dungeon. The dungeon tour was interesting.

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Westchester County, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour of the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon brought to the forefront for me a noteworthy part of Charleston's and America's history that I had forgotten. Coming from New York, I've always thought of Charleston in connection with the Civil War. When it came to the Revolutionary War, probably because so much of it was fought in my part... More 

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