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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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Comprehensive museum for adults and children

This building is conveniently situated close to downtown Charleston and covers natural history, Native American, Revolutionary, Civil War and contemporary history in a clear, well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This building is conveniently situated close to downtown Charleston and covers natural history, Native American, Revolutionary, Civil War and contemporary history in a clear, well explained manner. There are special rooms for children's events and treasure hunts for individual children. Very comprehensive. Needs a second and third visit!

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was very impressed with the extensive history, displayed in the museum. Easy to follow the Charleston history, the permanent exhibit provides a very detailed picture and is most informative. Perfect for a rainy day or a hot sweltering summer day and perfect for the entire family!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first, the museum doesn't appear to be much. But it is very large inside. There is a nice history of SC that is very well done. The museum has a display in itself--showing how it evolved over time and those exhibits are interesting as well. A little eclectic mix of things, but an interesting place to see.

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memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the unique aspects of this museum. We took our five year old daughter and toddler son with us, so we did not get to see everything. But, I do have to say that the kids area was absolutely amazing! We did not really do any research...just decided to go. So, the kids area was a wonderful surprise. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go beyond the Straw Market and Patriot's Point. This museum, conveniently located directly across the street from the Visitor's Center, showcases Charleston history in a very well curated exhibit. Artifacts galore to keep youngsters & adults alike engaged. A current exhibit on "Killer Fashion" is fascinating. The requisite animals, fossils, skeletons and stuffed are interesting as is a small exhibit... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has a score of cool exhibits. They have artifacts and objects from many different eras in southern history. I don't want to give too much away, but do not let the entrance fool you. This place has a somewhat empty entrance hall, but once you get to looking around, you will see all sorts of cool historical material.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it was wonderful to come in out of the heat, the museum would have been a welcomed change of pace from the many mansion and plantation tours available in Charleston. If you're looking for a break from all that, I highly recommend the Charleston Museum. We ladies particularly enjoyed the displays of period dresses, silver serving pieces, and... More 

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Aurora, Il, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saved this for the end of the trip thinking that it would only be if we had time based on the write ups. This museum is a well organized trip through Charleston history and some extra exhibits were interesting considering the bridal fashions of the city.

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of CHarleston from native Americans to anti-bellum era. Nicely done. Plan for 90 minutes.

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Ferndale, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were attracted to this museum by the replica of the civil war submarine out front, and were highly impressed with Revolutionary and Civil war displays. Charleston was at the center of numerous battles in our nation's history. We were also impressed with the integrity of the displays. The museum taught us about the importance of rice production the area,... More 

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