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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2996
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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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Good History Starting Spot

Got the combo ticket and enjoyed the Heyward - Washington House, along with this one. Since it was raining heavily, museums and homes seemed a wise choice and boy was it! History... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Mayfield, Ohio
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Mayfield, Ohio
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got the combo ticket and enjoyed the Heyward - Washington House, along with this one. Since it was raining heavily, museums and homes seemed a wise choice and boy was it! History buffs will love this place and probably should start here first to capture the roots of the town and its grandeur. We enjoyed our 2 1/2 hour self... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice museum. Could do with update but very expressive exhibits. A nice way to spend a hour . We got this a part of a 4 museum ticket . Pls note they're are several different combinations of these passes. And can only be purchased from the visitors centres . Which is not always clear on the leaflet .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice museum but there weren't enough historical artifacts from Charleston and the surrounding area. I can see dinosaur bones and Egyptian history elsewhere so it was a bit disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went here early on a Friday morning . There was very few people so we were able to take our time at the different exhibits. The museum is set up in a very easy flowing way. Lots and lots of very very nice local artifacts that belong to the local people. The history follows Charleston from its beginning to... More 

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Chester, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Toured as part of the 3 day passport available at the visitor center. The best is on the second floor. There, exhibits take you though time detailing the history of Charleston. We were there for about one hour but you should budget more than that. There are displays of antiques and artifacts, story boards that provide great information, and videos.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum may be small but is filled with treasures! It's great to explore on a rainy day, or during the afternoon when the sun is hot and the humidity is high. It is just around the corner from the Aiken-Rhett House Museum so you can visit both in one afternoon. Founded in 1773, this is the very first museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many different viewing areas. Different displays. The museum was very informative. Visit this museum when you have time and not rushed.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it's the oldest museum in the US it's got a pretty extensive collection, including some pieces from the original collection. We had a great time there and the only downside was that we only had an hour and half to get through it. I especially liked the exhibit on the history of the lowlands since I learned a lot... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is loaded with great local history. Great place to spend a rainy day because it will take a great part of the day to read all the placards. Lots of artifacts also.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum, took me only 30 minutes. Not much to see, just a summary of Charleston history with some artifacts. It's an option on a rainy day, that't why I visited.

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