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“Worth it for history buffs and locals.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Charleston Museum

Charleston Museum
Ranked #23 of 233 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: 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
Charleston, South Carolina
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Worth it for history buffs and locals.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

It's a museum. About Charleston. It's well done. If you like museums and are interested in CHS history, you'll find it worth it. Spend the extra money to go on a couple of the house tours in town. They're pretty cool.

Visited July 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Good introduction to Charleston”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a pleasant, medium-sized museum which provides a good introduction to the City of Charleston and the history and people of the Lowcountry. It is located across Meeting Street from the Charleston Visitor Center. Some of the exhibits focus on activities (e.g., the cultivation of rice, shipping); others on things (e.g., clothing, firearms). There are a number of audio-visual exhibits. This was probably the most comprehensive overview we found of the history and culture of Charleston. You can go through at your own pace and wander through areas of interest. There is a small shop and, if you are interested in touring historic houses, the Museum offers combination tickets providing access to the museum and either one two houses.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Favorite museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

Always love to visit this museum...so much to see and you can't beat the 'old museum' items, especially the mummy. Many items that really make you think about the past (amputation kit...). We only had about an hour and fifteen minutes because they close at 5, but it was almost enough time, of course you could spend all day there. A $10 well spent!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great way to walk through history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is a nice museum to walk through history. It is a nice place to go with your family, friends or just by yourself. You can take as much time as you need to walk through the museum. Admission is reasonable. The only problem is no staff other than the lady who takes admission downstairs. If you had a question, there was no one to ask.

Visited December 2012
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Harrisonburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lots to see for a very resonable price!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

The museum is now focusing on southern history, however it still has the collection from when it was the first museum. In the section where this is located there are things from many places in the world including taxidermy specimens of all sorts of animals etc. The price is great too, you can see the whole thing for more or split it up and not visit the houses for a lot less. Seeing it all also gets a discount so if you have more time that would be worth it. My husband and I only visited the main museum, but we were very impressed.

Visited November 2012
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