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The Charleston Museum

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston
360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
+1 843-722-2996
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not a large museum, the bulk of the displays are on the second floor. A lot of Charleston history is packed into the rooms. You could spend hours learning about the several centuries of the people and events that make up Charleston history. The children's...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying close to this museum and had to check it out. It has the first submarine that sunk a Union vessel in the front of the building. Also had to see the oldest museum in America! It was a bit underwhelming. There are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating depiction of history in the area from prehistoric through colonial, Revolutionary, Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Thank sjandrews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the perfect place to get an overview of the history of Charleston from the founding of the South Carolina colony through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War to the present. There are also special exhibits on textiles, silver, and nature. We spent...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my boyfriend - We are history buffs, it was a fun way to look at the history of our state, our country, our world.

Thank Paige P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum, but worth a visit if you are in Charleston. The exhibits are well planned and executed. We had a couple of hours to visit the Charleston Museum on the day we were leaving the city. Recommended for those wanting to...More

Thank Levannah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i am a Northerner. Views of "history" can differ, but our United States of America evolved from all of that divisiveness, Great place to appreciate all of it spent several hours learned a lot My friends who are not interested inhibitory moved on. I stayed...More

Thank Jean L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on a rainy day and were delighted with the experience. A lot of exhibits from 1000's of years ago to modern times. I learned a lot about the area from this museum.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our last stop before heading out of Charleston and it was well worth it. It took us a little over an hour to go through, but it would depend how detailed you read. This museum included a little bit of everything, even included...More

Thank jcourtney6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in after a long day of walking and riding the free shuttle around the historical District. We thought what a great way to kill a an hour or two as we waited to head to dinner. Let me tell you, we under estimated...More

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Lisa h
July 22, 2018|
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Response from Leslie H | Reviewed this property |
We did the museum in about 2 hours and we love history so we took our time. The house tours didn’t take very long you could definitely hit a few.
Frank S
August 9, 2017|
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$10 minors $12 adults (>18 years)
Frank S
August 9, 2017|
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Response from Fred M | Reviewed this property |
Numerous fees for one, two, or three sites associated with the museum. Suggest visiting their web site.