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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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We've been to art museums all over the world and didn't expect much, but it was bigger and had a much more extensive collection than expected.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been to art museums all over the world and didn't expect much, but it was bigger and had a much more extensive collection than expected.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at the Charleston Museum on a quick short trip to Charleston. We hopped on the free trolley that goes around the city and decided that the museum would be a good start in getting to know a little about the history. It was a wonderful museum with many various subjects from cotton plantations, rice plantations to Mummies to... More 

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Shepparton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a modern well set up museum that encapsulates the history of Charleston and surrounds exceptionally well.

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for something interesting to do/see while we were in Charleston that didn't involve being outside in the heat/humidity. This museum was quite a surprise and had a very good presentation on the history of Charleston as well as other exhibits.

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice local museum with interesting collections. Only takes about an hour to visit and was a great way to get out of the rain. Fee to get in but discounts for children, seniors, and military.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum! Nice mix of the history of the area as well as some additional exhibits to keep things interesting. Great for young and old alike. Give yourself a couple of hors to fully experience the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth your time if you like museums. The stroy of Charleston is told with artifacts and stories. We spent 1 1/2 hours there.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Charleston museum is conveniently located within walking distance of most of the hotels in the downtown area. There are some interesting things to see in the museum. Some of the Civil War items are interesting as were some of the artifacts from the founding of the city. There are somethings acquired during the history of the museum that don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a quick visit here with the grandparents and kids. We had a wonderful time. It is the perfect size for seeing a big variety of history! I grew up visiting this museum and my children enjoyed it. Their favorite was the natural history stuffed animals and the civil war swords.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was pleasantly surprised . This little museum is actually quite exceptional. Learned so much about the history of the civil war and the rice fields. Don't miss this one. Allow a whole afternoon.

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