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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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Good spot to learn about Charleston history

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 5 days 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you enjoy learning about Southern history, especially Colonial and antebellum times, plan to spend upwards of 3 hours in this museum, more if you watch all the videos, and more still if you read the descriptions of all the artifacts. Best done in three trips of 2 hours each just to assimilate all that is here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a little gem of a museum with an eclectic collection and, I believe, was the first of it's kind in the US. You can easily spend several hours here before you know it. There is an excellent unvarnished overview of the history of the Low Country. You can't miss the skeleton of a famous but unfortunate whale that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was supprised how ignorant I was a bout Charleston and it's place in American history. The Charleston Museum is a great place to go after the Visitors Center in you came to Chareston for the history. It will educate you so that what you then see about town or the tours that you take will have interest, meaning and... More 

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