We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Small but Great”

The Powder Magazine
Ranked #80 of 237 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.
Salisbury, North Carolina
Level Contributor
489 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Small but Great”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

A great historic attraction in downtown Charleston. The staff was friendly and informative. While the site is basically just one small building, the exhibits are informative and well presented. For anyone interested in Charleston history, this should be a must stop.

Visited March 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Gene K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

97 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    34
    43
    16
    3
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
California
Level Contributor
68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“For True History Buffs”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

The museum is very small. The $5 entrance fee is a bit much for what you see, but it does help preserve history. It consists of some artifacts, hands on exhibits and several signs to read. My husband enjoyed the video game where he sank a pirate ship. The staff was very friendly and are happy to answer any questions.

Visited February 2014
Helpful?
Thank TravelCrazy3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
112 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great attraction & a great value!”
Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

The powder magazine is a great and inexpensive time in downtown Charleston. There are many interactive exhibits and items that you can view, and this is probably the oldest building in both North and South Carolina! The people working there are very passionate about the Museums history and are very engaging in explaining the importance of the building.

It's the best museum in downtown Charleston for the money!

Helpful?
1 Thank Bigmel02
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tiny museum full of history and interactive exhibits”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Don't be discouraged by the size of this museum. It is truly delightful inside, with lots of interesting information. The staff encourage people to interact with the exhibits, so I got some great pictures of my husband and I brandishing rifles and spears and locked in the stocks out front. The gift shop is small but the staff is friendly and eager to answer any and all questions.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank JenCaffster
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Corvallis, Oregon
Level Contributor
39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fun Little Place”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

This was a fun stop. It is very small, but it makes for a nice little stop along the way. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. This is a good stop for kids but was interesting for adults as well.

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
Thank DianaR3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Powder Magazine also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to The Powder Magazine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing