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Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
+1 843-722-2996
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Must see museum

Great museum for history lovers. They had a wonderful collection of items. Cannonballs to dinosaur... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dwane B
Peru, New York
via mobile
So much history to learn

Wonderful overview of the history of Charleston. Loved seeing all the displays and reading about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chester, Connecticut
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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
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
+1 843-722-2996
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great museum for history lovers. They had a wonderful collection of items. Cannonballs to dinosaur bones. My wife loved it.

Thank Dwane B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful overview of the history of Charleston. Loved seeing all the displays and reading about Charleston's history during the wars and times of slavery and prosperity.

Thank kec06
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the textile section, trying on clothes, and the history of the civil war. Need to offer all students a discount, not just those from SC.

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Charleston Museum's gallery will probably not evenly hold your interest. We found the high points to be the Lowcountry colonial gallery--which interprets the old walled city and the lives, work, and crafts of enslaver persons--and the Civil War period "Under Siege" gallery. These is...More

1  Thank Tweentrails
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well appointed and organized museum. Lots of interesting exhibits from historic items to nature and navigation. New modern building.

Thank evamariacampo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised at the size of their collection. The museum has been very well thought out and each section had a lot of information/ things to see. My particular favourite was the textile section, which had an exhibition of quilts, but the historical section...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We probably wouldn't have gone here, but it was included with the Heritage Passport and it opened up at 9 am, while all the the houses on the passport didn't open until 10 am. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was inside and...More

1  Thank nycgal529
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get to know the history of Charleston. Very interesting iron works and quilting. Walking through historical pictures and items of rice cultivation was educational. We enjoy learning about the history of places we visit and this museum is a good starting point.

Thank noncorteccia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. There was a lot more to see than I expected and I learned a great deal about Charleston and the South in general. Very inexpensive and you can buy a pass the see two historic houses along with...More

Thank rehavia6
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The museum would benefit from some updated display and curation techniques. I learned a lot about slavery and rice cultivation in Charleston but without interesting objects to display, the exhibits were heavy on reading.

Thank ColetteSouth
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Frank S
10 August 2017|
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Response from Fred M | Reviewed this property |
Numerous fees for one, two, or three sites associated with the museum. Suggest visiting their web site.