The Calhoun Mansion, Charleston

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Built for one man, George W. Williams, The Calhoun Mansion has over 30 rooms. The house was converted to a hotel in 1914 and renovated in the 1970s by a private owner. Today you'll see the house returned to its former glory. Purchase a ticket by entering the gift shop through the back door and heading up the stairs. Tours take place every hour and include a guide who shares the house's quirky stories. Use our Charleston driving holiday planning tool to add The Calhoun Mansion and other attractions to your Charleston vacation plans.
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  • I'm not sure what all the hype is about a scam regarding this tour. If you do your homework, you will find that the Calhoun Mansion, though not owned by the original family, is an incredible display o...  more »
  • Even though it only costs $16/pp you mainly see all the antiques the private owner of the house has amassed. Yes the wood working is incredible and intricacies of the ceilings are impressive but it's ...  more »
  • A must-see, in a nice area of the city, richly furnished, but alas no guide French!
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  • My experience to this place was amazing. I am very amused by all the art and how the walls can hold half a ton sculptures. Don't get me started on the samurai outfit. It was amazing and a nice place to tour. I think that it is worth the money and even as a teen I think it was quit an experience.
  • The tour guide Ed was very informative and gave a brief history of the house and the items in it. There were 9,000 pieces in the house from all over the world dating back to the 1600s. It was a little pricey to get in, but the pieces were fabulous! Great museum.
  • One of the most amazing homes I have ever seen. Price to value ratio wasn't quite there as maybe there were too many people on the tour... The owner of the house was in one of the rooms the tour guide was giving us the history on, and he could have jumped in to add something but kept to the shadows!
  • What a waste of time and money! I felt like I was walking through a musty museum warehouse. The artifacts were from far away places and did not reflect what I had imagined in a Southern mansion. I had hoped to see American historical furnishings. There were special pieces everywhere, but it was not staged as a mansion, but rather a place to store artifacts...Every place is covered with stuff. Moreover, it is billed as the largest mansion in Charleston, but visitors were limited to a very small area. What a disappointing experience.
  • Amazing, historcial home that is lived in. So so many pieces to look at. Things that are priceless.

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