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The Charleston Museum

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
+1 843-722-2996
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Reviewed 6 days ago

wonderful history and diorama of the city; enjoyed textile area; and history of rice growing; many animals and birds from "old" museum of MANY yrs ago ; EXC staff who was so accomodating ; spent 90 min there and took a "house" tour(combi)

Date of experience: September 2019
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Liza H, Public Relations Manager at The Charleston Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I write this as a long time museum professional, for what that is worth. The Museum of Charleston is a museum with a serious problem. It is a fine local history museum, except for the fact that it all but ignores the role of black...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PANC J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is so old is should be in a museum! Fun mix of local and colonial history with very significant releis and some outstyanding weapons; some nice natural history, and rotating exibits. One was on women's fashion that was both informing and and witty....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting museum with its many historic exhibits and descriptions of Charleston and the area around it. The exhibits are very well done and it is well worth a visit for sure.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wish we had had more time to visit the museum. It was intriguing to walk into the building and find a whale skeleton suspended over our heads. Besides exhibits, there was information about other places to visit also. I would like to go again and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We highly recommend the Charleston Museum if you are at all interested in the history of the city. The exhibits were beautifully presented and very informative. Lots of history in this area! There are also 2 houses you can tour for an additional charge, one...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Charleston Museum is a great experience that has been consistent and excellent throughout the years. I have been coming to The Charleston Museum ever since I could remember and it always seems to deliver a unique and educational experience every time no matter what...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

Charleston, we learn, has always been in the forefront of developments. It succeeded in staying very successful and prosperous. Heroic in the war of Independence, a center of slave trade and slave use, birthplace of the secession, start of the Civil War ... It must...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

This is a nice museum. You can probably spend an hour. We did not visit any of the additional sites.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Angela M
Reviewed July 31, 2019

We really enjoyed our time in this wonderful museum. It had a bit of everything in it. A highlight was the fashion exhibit. It was well done and very creative. Appreciated getting a true sense of the history of Charleston through years as laid out...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Lisa h
July 22, 2018|
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Response from 615leslieh | 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.