Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston

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#2 of 15 in Museums in Charleston
After Charleston fell to the British during the Revolutionary War, they used Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon as a barracks and military prison. Built in 1771 as an Exchange and Customs House, the historic building now offers guided tours with costumed interpreters that cover the three floors of the building. Learn about Charleston history during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras as guides recount tales of the dungeons, pirates, and patriots that lived within the walls. You can also admire the Palladian architecture and see the sites George Washington visited during his weeklong stay in 1791. Discover how to plan a Charleston trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • A great place to visit to get a real feel of Charleston history. The guides are terrific, admission costs are fair and the artifacts accumulated and displayed are very interesting. Family friendly and...  more »
  • Very interesting tour of the dungeon that was worth the admission fee. The other two floors are self-guided and have a lot of information if you are interested in reading it all (I'm not sure young ch...  more »
  • The upper parts are self guided tours and it is worth taking time to read everything. The dungeon tour is nice and interesting. I have done it with our kids before and they like the dungeon but most g...  more »
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  • The building was incredible beautiful and very historic. You literally feel history in the air in this place. The dungeon tour guide was AMAZING. She had a plethora of knowledge, was entertaining, and clearly knew her Charleston history. Anyone who knows history can ramble off facts but to make it engaging takes a skill. The reason why this building doesn't give five stars is that the Great Hall area lacks someone with the same expertise. The guy working on that floor mumbled and simply replied to questions asked. Not very engaging. Not sure if this would "everyone's" experience in this area, but for my group we left that section feeling turned off.
  • We stumbles upon it after walking through the waterfront Park. The tour was informative and the guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Loved all the puns. There is also a self guided part on the first and second floor of the building.
  • I like this place. They offer an educational experience for kids and still informative to adults. Great for a family who is interested in history.
  • The perfect beginning to see and understand how Charleston came to be! Great tour! It's perfect to park near here because it's close to the shops around the Market and Rainbow Row. Lots of beautiful walking around here in the French Quarter.
  • Great tour of the old building (basement) and nice to walk around and self tour the other open parts.

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