Charleston Museum, Charleston

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Charleston Museum, reportedly the oldest museum in the United States, delves into the country's history, natural history, and ancient artifacts from around the world. Founded in 1773, the museum was inspired by the establishment of the British museum in London. Learn about the Native American people who originally inhabited the area, as well as the African slaves and European settlers who came along later. More exhibits teach about the history of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the weaponry of those conflicts. Other highlights include ancient Egyptian artifacts, historical textiles, South Carolina natural history, and the Loeblein gallery of Charleston silver. Add Charleston Museum to your Charleston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Charleston itinerary planner.
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  • I learned so much more about the history of the local area than I ever would have imagined. It also included pieces and informative exhibits from all over the world as well. It was much more thorough ...  more »
  • fun museum, lots of things to see in a small space. A lot of history and things from the area. close to the visitor center parking structure.  more »
  • Town history, original exhibits and well air conditioned. From here, most start their tour through the beautiful and interesting city.
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  • A lot of great information if your a read it all or just a walk by type of museum goer. Also good for kids and groups. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Good museum with a lot of information on Charleston. A lot of little bits of info on a broad array of topics. Also had a lot of items to look at After thast there was a good display of geology, dinosaurs of the region, and local animal life. They also had things donated over the years such as Egyptian relics. After that was a very good quilting exhibit. A silver smithing exhibit, a kids hall. A little for everyone.
  • The museum is well laid out, a great walk through South Carolina history. The new natural history section is really cool, it has interactive exhibits and life size fossil replicas that were fun for the kids. The Kidstory room has more interactive exhibits that my kids enjoyed playing with.
  • The oldest and first city museum 1773 is one of the best you can visit, and I'm a museum fan. The newly reinterpreted Natural History Wing is fascinating. There's a new kiddie wing also!
  • Quality museum. Nice introduction to the city for someone who wasn't very familiar with the history of the area. I always approve of museums putting exhibits in the restrooms.

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