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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 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.

3  Thank SJJG
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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!

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

Thank orv m
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