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The Charleston Museum

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403-6297
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+1 843-722-2996
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This modern and well laid-out museum contains exhibits of varying types by local artists. The quality of these works is high. My wife and I bought tickets at the city visitor's center that allowed entry into two different city sites and saved us on entry...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Randall H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were in town for the weekend. Even though we both grew up in the area, neither of us had visited this museum. It was a rainy day which squashed our other plans for the day, so we decided to check out...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kmthoennes222
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to learn more about this city without taking a bus tour than this is the place to do it at. Admission price is reasonable in doing your own self guided tour at your own leisurely pace. Learn everything from fashions, pottery, history,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank b0b55russell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome Museum to visit just because or on a rainy day. The pottery, The furniture, the animals, and truly everything in the Museum is worth seeing at least once. I enjoyed learning new things about Charleston and will be back to learn...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jessienickelson101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Especially good on the history of the rice industry and the economic impact on coastal Carolina in the early 1800s when Charleston was the wealthiest city in America. Good displays of field equipment but also domestic items of the day such as dishes, clothing, clocks,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the oldest historical societies in America. They do an excellent job of exhibiting Charleston history, and the artifacts are quite rare and interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank naturetrav
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great experience because it lined up perfectly with an educational unit we just finished. The kids really liked the Kid Story portion of the museum. There weren’t really any others there because it was during the day so we had the place...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 834austing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Displays ranging from the slave trade, civil war and them onto dinosaurs. It’s a great little museum worth a trip if you are filling in time. It’s also part of the pass that you can get from the visitors centre 15 museums for $25 for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amadar
Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

We were in town for the Charleston Half Marathon. We checked into our hotel early and wanted to make as much of our time in the Holy City as possible. We made a 'dry run' to the Charleston Visitor Center since we were taking a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MarnetteS
Reviewed 15 January 2019

This museum was across the street from our hotel and it is so large it took a great deal of time to see all of it. Well worth the time and because it is the 1st museum in the USA it is loaded. We did...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lisa h
22 July 2018|
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Response from Leslie H | Reviewed this property |
We did the museum in about 2 hours and we love history so we took our time. The house tours didn’t take very long you could definitely hit a few.
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Frank S
9 August 2017|
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$10 minors $12 adults (>18 years)
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9 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.
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