Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston

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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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  • I visited on March 5 at 1pm. There were a decent amount of people here, no line. I paid $5 since I had AAA and was a student-- double discount! The museum consists of 3 floors. The first floor is a bi...  more »
  • Being from Michigan and not knowing much about Revolutionary or Civil War history, we found this to be quite interesting and informative. Phil gave a very good tour of the dungeon and the rest of the ...  more »
  • Because there is so much history in Charleston, we felt compelled to visit at least one museum. We happened upon the Old Exchange while out for a walk to see Rainbow Row and since it was only $10 we d...  more »
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  • One one of my favorite historical locations to visit in Charleston. Historically accurate building, paintings and furniture, Grand Ballroom and a dungeon with robot Pirates! Great for kids, right in the downtown, good strong air conditioning and in a walking location for food and shopping in downtown, the battery, rainbow row & corner of 4 laws.
  • While it is a small guided tour area, our guide was able to give great stories and details of the dungeon area. He even had period time clothing and an accent! Great stop for a history buff. Even better stop for the AC!
  • Historic, kind of interesting, but the dungeon wasn't really that interesting. More of a repurposed cellar than anything. Might be worth it if a history buff, but it's not super exciting.
  • Awesome place with rich history. Bring your family and go on a tour!
  • It was alright. Partly paid the $10 entrance fee to be able to use the restroom. George Washington was entertained and the condition was ratified upstairs. Fee also covers the dungeon tour which was OK. The woman's accent made the tour more entertaining. Wasn't feeling it, but worth it if you are into the history.