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“Worth a visit!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Charleston Museum

Charleston Museum
Ranked #23 of 220 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Cologne, Germany
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119 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum lays claim to being the oldest in country, it is full of collections and very informative and interesting. It's not very big, and some of the items seem a bit odd to me put together, it's like a museum for a bit of everything, primarily the rise of Charleston, the Slave trade and war of Independence. Then there is a section of stuffed birds, a section of random old items, a section devoted to old flags and another section that touches on Egypt. I liked the randomness of some of the areas. There is an area where kids can dress up in confederate costumes too.
The entrance is very reasonable when purchased as a triple entrance fee to other local places of interest. There is a small gift shop area and I'd advise to go early it's fairly small.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,058 reviews
1,678 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,682 helpful votes
“Oldest in the country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Though pretty small, this is the oldest museum in the country, which automatically ups the cool factor for me! The combo price is pretty good ($22 for three museums, or $10 each individually), and they have a whale skeleton hanging up. Take a look!

Visited July 2014
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Fort Myers
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122 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“I Really Enjoyed This Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very informative, full of artifacts, documents, photos of the history of Charleston. Great for history buffs. Loved it!

Visited July 2014
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Thank DianaFortMyers
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great place to get a break from the heat and give yourself a self guided tour of Charleston's history. Great things for kids to do upstairs including dress like colonial Charlestonians dress like confederate soldiers and more.

Visited July 2014
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Montecito, California
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163 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While Charleston is a small city, I thought they did a reasonably good job with what they had to work with. Nice two story facility that was well maintained. Helpful and passionate staff.

Visited June 2014
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Thank orv m
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