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Charleston Museum

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Address: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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+1 843-722-2996
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Wonderful Museum in a Great City!

On a recent vacation we had some time to see the sights of Charleston. We purchased a museum pass which allowed us to see 10 museums. One of them was the Charleston Museum. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On a recent vacation we had some time to see the sights of Charleston. We purchased a museum pass which allowed us to see 10 museums. One of them was the Charleston Museum. It was a fantastic museum with many exciting exhibits! I would definitely return to this museum again, because it is so large we could not see all... More 

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Charleston SC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't miss the market, sometimes mistakenly called the slave market. It had that title not because slaves were sold there, but that was where they went to buy the goods and produce for the house. It offers a lot of local handcrafts, as well as a lot of imported.... stuff. The handcrafts are worth seeking out. There are many... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though the building doesn't look like it could hold much, this museum covers everything you want to know about Charleston. I never imagined that rice was a major crop beating out cotton. The displays are set up with great informational plaques. Visit the first day you are there to get a good idea of how life was lived in... More 

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Townsend, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wife and I went there just to kill some time. It turned out to be a wonderful museum and I learned a lot about coastal life. I had thought the slave thing was due to cotton labor but found out that a lot of that labor was needed in rice farming. Now machines etc have replaced human labor for cotton... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding for Charleston history .. I loved the exhibit: "Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Style" with very clear labels advising me all I ever wanted to know about corsets, shoes, textile mills, dyes, fur, leather, feathers, tortoise shell, ivory, mother of pearl, silk, fur, feathers & buttons -- as a very tactile person, I was in heaven!!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Changing exhibits, excellent silver collection, lots of natural history, Southern and Civil War history, good gift shop items, good for kids and paretns.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a smaller museum with it's main focus on the long and somewhat storied history of Charleston SC, they do have some other exhibits but the far majority is specific to local history. We did the combo package and took the tour of the Joseph Manigault House, which is across the street (see separate review for that) as well... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was extremely excited I can honestly say I am a huge history nerd. I only visit Charlestown once every blue moon and it is never just for me . I was so ecstatic to go . Well I was not as excited when leaving. I expected a huge musuem with history and folk flowing from the walls. I got... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

It is nice to history with all its good and bad. Nice displays on the periods covered. Wish they had more items of all the periods covered.

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Schwenksville, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were looking to spend a cold and rainy day somewhere indoors and this was a perfect choice. The museum was much more than I anticipated. We purchased the ticket that allowed us to visit the museum and two of the museums historical homes for $25. One home is right across the street from the museum. This museum chronicles the... More 

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