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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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+1 843-722-2996
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission...

The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City. Featuring: Lowcountry History, Historic Armory, Charleston in the Revolutionary War, "City Under Seige" (civil war), Natural History Hall, Kidstory, and Historic Textiles Gallery

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Fascinating Collection of Historical objects and Artifacts.

We only were able to spend one and a half hours there, still lots to see in this well laid out building, the show cases and presentation was excellent.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dorothy H
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We only were able to spend one and a half hours there, still lots to see in this well laid out building, the show cases and presentation was excellent.

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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed this museum! It tells a fairly comprehensive story about Charleston's past. I really loved that they did not glamorize the Civil War and slavery like many places in the south do. Through the exhibits, it was clear that the curators and educators at this museum acknowledge slavery as a part of the city's past, but they do... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent all too short of a time there today, there are great displays with much to learn and see. All sorts of different well presented items. I highly recommend this.

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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum at the end of our trip, but wish we came here first. The Charleston Museum America's oldest museum, and is focused on the rich history of Charleston. It is the ideal place to be introduced to the history of Charleston and provide context for the rest of your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a good stop on our visit to Charleston. I enjoyed the timeline of historic events of the area, with original artifacts and objects. However, it seemed odd to have a polar bear in the natural museum section. The one additional house tour we purchased was fantastic! I enjoyed the guide's story of the family and explanations of life... More 

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boca raton, florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very informative and most interesting!! You won't be there for too amny hours..not that much to see- but worth the visit!!

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Nambucca Heads, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great museum with a most interesting story to tell of Sth Carolina and Charleston. There is so much to see and read about in here that it is a bit overwhelming for overseas visitors however stimulating for all that!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we learnt about rice and cotton and the early english involvement in charles town which was most interesting, its not huge a couple of hours is enough.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very nice museum that really spotlighted local history. Displays were well presented. Great artifacts as well as highlighting some of the historic homes in the area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My travel partner and I visited the museum on a rainy day as a whim and wound up glad for the rain! How wonderful to experience not only the stories and artifacts of Charleston, but the obvious PRIDE Charlestonians have in their city. Stoic stories of the War, the quilt examples of family trees done in needlework, the rebuilding of... More 

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