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The Charleston Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Fabulous museum. Don’t want to miss it. Although they say 90 minutes, trust me, it’s more like 3 hours. Please Note... they keep the AC cool, so it is quite chilly inside. Bring a sweater!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jody M
Reviewed May 6, 2019

I enjoyed wandering around this compact museum. The timeline of Charleston events was a great introduction to the city.

Date of experience: May 2019
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

This is a great museum. It was much more extensive then I had thought. There were numerous exhibits and explanatory plaques. It was arranged a bit weirdly - it didn't seem to file a linear historical path at times, but within each grouping, the artifacts...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 3, 2019

Spent about 90 minutes in the museum. The local earth science story was well presented but the most interesting and best presentation was the history section which was well shown on a good timeline with plenty of detail but not too much, either. The Egyptian...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank RoadMan27
Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

Wow! What a gem of a museum. Many exhibits covering a wide range of subjects and time periods of this area.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

Who knew the first museum in the United States was the Charleston Museum. It is no longer in the original building as that was destroyed in the Civil War. It is now very modern and you will learn a great deal about Charlston and the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Dan834
Reviewed April 28, 2019

My day visit to Charleston Museum was enlightening and caught my eye with beautiful displays of the museum artifacts, history, and more. If you love reading and discovering new things, then you can give this place a try.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank philin134
Reviewed April 28, 2019

The historical museum is one of the best: set out well so you move from room to room and see a few things, read a few plaques, and marvel at the early settlers. The setting is such that you don't feel overwhelmed by all the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank gredave
Reviewed April 20, 2019

Nice museum about the history of Charleston. Great information for adults and children a like and a good place to start if you are a first time traveler to the city. Spent about 3 hours here. Would suggest buying the combination tour, and visiting the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Janly
Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

Budget 2 hours MINIMUM for this place ... 3-4 if you can spare it. As “America’s Oldest Museum,” it deserves a deep dive, and I was captivated by the old taxidermied specimens as well as the more current galleries.

Date of experience: April 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.