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“Worth a Visit or Two”
Review of Charleston Museum

Charleston Museum
Ranked #23 of 244 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
Reviewed June 22, 2013

History, friendly assistance and plenty of space-that's what makes the Museum worth a visit. Its very easy to get around and see everything as it's wide open so it's not like some museums which are full of tiny rooms that you have to squeeze around.

It's designed for you to travel through history and get a full scope. There are a good number of original artifacts accompanied by nicely detailed but not too wordy history lesson.

Along with the expected War history, there are good stories about the surrounding Low Country nature and agricultural. I was fascinated by the Rice production videos. They have tools and pottery exhibits as well. We actually went to the Rice fields out at Caw Caw as a result of what we saw at this Museum and you could easily see the history (and the wild rice) that is there.

I'm a fan of museums in general and have been to many. This one is somewhere in my Top 10.

Thank Tiffany75
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This was much better than we ever expected...really contained a little bit of everything - art, sculpture, natural history, costumes. It goes back to the city's emphasis on a well-rounded education. We were impressed.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are ready to come in from the rain or heat this is a great place to spend a few hours. We have been touring the south and been inside many of the old homes, but this provided very good insight into what times were really like for the slaves, soldiers and townspeople. The two movies about rice farming were a little hard to hear and the videos places so high as to get a neck cramp but still worth watching. Too much to read and take in at one time, focus on the Charleston history and military uniforms and stories. Best for adults or students interested in learning about this era.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

A worthy museum for a town that has so much history, I thought we'd be there about 2 or 3 hours but probably stayed for 4. The best parts covered the period from early 17th Century through Reconstruction. The 20th Century section is less interesting, and there's a kind of dated natural history gallery at the end that nobody seemed to look at. Some of the display was not very well lit.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

The lady who sold us our tickets was very hospitable. The Museum and its exhibits seems older. It has a wide variety of exhibits, and there are literally tons of information. There's so much to read and see, it was a bit overwhelming. I would recommend giving yourself at least a few hours to get through it all. The last room is actually full of things that have been a part of the museums past exhibits, and it was really neat to see what types of exhibits were showcased in the past. There was not a lot of recent history about Charleston - lots about cotton, rice, slavery, the Revolutionary War, Native Americans, etc. - but nothing too recent like the Civil Rights Movement or other things that would probably be really interesting to learn about. I would definitely recommend this museum, and they have a package deal where you can buy admission to the museum and to some of the historic homes in the area, which was a good deal.

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