Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston

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History Museum
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. Put Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Charleston itinerary planner.
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  • To stand in the room where the Declaration Of Independence was signed is pretty amazing. Knowing that those great men were there and bravely taking on one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world is...  more »
  • This is a real gem. Our party of 9 (4 adults, 5 kids ages 9 to 12) enjoyed it and it's a great value. It's not a huge place and you can breeze through pretty quickly if you have a packed day but it's ...  more »
  • This is well worth a visit. Rooms full of artefacts tracing the major events in South Carolina's history. There was also a guided tour/talk of the dungeon (cellar).  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.