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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
Phone Number: +1 843-722-2996
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The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission...

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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Learn alot about Charleston and South Carolina History here!

We enjoyed our visit to the Charleston Museum. There is a LOT to see and to read, so if you are a history buff and want to take it all in, you will need a full day to do it. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Charleston Museum. There is a LOT to see and to read, so if you are a history buff and want to take it all in, you will need a full day to do it. We focused on the exhibits on South Carolina history and spent no time in the animals and dinosaur areas. Even... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an informative, well-curated museum that will give the visitor an overview and understanding of Charleston's physical, political, cultural, and economical importance within the larger context of past and present U.S. history. The collection of cultural artifacts, "low" and "high" art, and photography gives one an almost immediate insight into the importance of Charleston as a flashpoint between the... More 

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Dacula, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's hard to write a review of this museum since it was overrun with a large, rowdy group of school kids who seeming to be about 4th grade. We had to wade through them to get to the entrance and we hurriedly bought our tickets so that we could stay ahead of them. Our plan worked for about ten minutes,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting exhibits on Charleston history and some natural history specimens. For a small extra fee you can get a guided tour of two historic houses nearby.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well worth the time and money in my opinion. I think if you enjoy museums in general you will not be disappointed. There is plenty to see and learn about here, from the Revolution to the civil war and reconstruction. I particularly liked all of the firearms from the various periods.

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Charleston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So many people only think of Charleston as the spark of the Civil War. (And, by the way, that is known here as "the Late, Great Unpleasantness"). But the city has roots in the American Revolution, and was this country's first financial center. The museum reflects all of this, with special exhibits of clothing, coinage, military items, transport, and 1700's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small museum with lots of fun displays. Easily managed in an hour but more time is well worthwhile..

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McDonough GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum does a great job of presenting Charleston's history, both of the city and the surrounding plantations.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bottom floor exhibits have nothing to do with Charleston. Just some skeletons. One part of the top floor is taxidermy, not sure why. I understand the history of the city has to be told, but this seemed to brag about slavery, as opposed to apologizing for it. For what they charged, it was so not worth it.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is conveniently located across the street from the Charleston Visitor Center and the Free Tolley station. It is a great place to start your exploration of Charleston's rich history from the 1700's on to modern times. The museum is well organized and has a good balance of artifacts and well written explanations.

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