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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Charleston Museum

Charleston Museum
Ranked #23 of 233 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: 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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“ho-hum”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

It's a bit of a haul from the historic district by foot and not worth the effort. Nice building but the exhibits aren't very exciting and look like they haven't been updated in quite awhile.

Visited March 2014
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“Learn where Charleston's wealth was produced”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

This museum has a number of interesting sections, but the two that most impressed us were the woven fabrics/clothing gallery and the history of rice cultivation section. Each was fascinating in its own way. The quality of weaving in the quilts on display was astonishing. The history gallery paints a powerful picture of the rigours and rewards of the rice culture that made Charleston one of the east coast's most wealthy and powerful seaports.

Visited November 2013
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“Good museum to get a sense of Charleston History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We started our tour of Charleston at this museum. Spending some time here gave us a sense of Charleston history. Between this and the Gibbs this was a fine starting point. A highlight for me was the Gershwin piano, a sobering exhibit was the slave shackles.

Visited June 2014
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“A standard museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Very disappointed I n this museum. It came highly recommended on various reviews but was a very static two floor standards museum. A number of the exhibits whilst noteworthy in being handwritten letters and documents, are very difficult to read and the overall sense of history was lost.

There was a more hands on children's section which would appeal to family groups.

For someone who enjoys history, I found this a disappointing overall exhibition.

Visited June 2014
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“Charleston Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

I've put the visiting time to three hours since we usually try to read everything, but the time would be shorter depending on how carefully you read the information. We hadn't realize the role that rice played in the early economy of the low country. I'll also mention something the other reviews didn't say. There was an entire room of silver pieces. Many were saved from the "Yankees" during the Civil War by being hidden.

Visited May 2014
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