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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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A step back to the olden days

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visitors to Charleston, South Carolina, can enjoy the history of the United States from four important perspectives--pre-Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II. So it is appropriate that the first museum established in this country, the Charleston Museum, is located at 360 Meeting Street in the Historic District. Founded in 1773 and opened to the public in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

opposite the car park where the tours start this small museum pays tribute to Charleston from the early days. won't take more than an hour or two to work your way around but well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Within easy walking distance of the historic district, this museum gives the viewer a very good history of Charleston. Many, many artifacts displayed with meaningful notations.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a rainy day so we entered. They only part I enjoyed was the dresses and history of clothing, the rest was a lot of pictures and old china..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything from the actual whale bones to a whale bone corset! Displays of Charleston life in the early days, weaponry from several wars, and a hands-on room for the kids. There was a special exhibit on textiles and how they effect our health and the environment.. It was very interesting. The green dye made from arsenic is beautiful, but can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are not history "buffs" but this museum is so much more. We were there 5 hours and did not finish looking at everything there is there. History, cultural, Paleontology, weapons from the past, carriages, rice growing etc. A MUST SEE!

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Cheraw, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Tuesday afternoon; the venue was not crowded at all, so we had plenty of time to navigate and browse. The displays were very informative, covering a wide range of periods from pre colonization onwards; displays were filled with lots of quirky items, such as snuff boxes, clothing of era, rifles, soldier uniforms, silver utensils, cotton gins,... More 

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