The Charleston Museum, Charleston

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The 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 The Charleston Museum to your Charleston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Charleston itinerary planner.
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  • This is the first museum in the US. It is small but a completely stocked representation of Charleston to the us from its origins to today. Great accumulation of artifacts. Worth the visit  more »
  • Very good, comprehensive, interesting background to the Charleston. A must see before seeing any other historical locations. Spend at least 2 hours. AND it was great AC for a hot June midday.  more »
  • A small but historic Museum that shows the rich history of Charleston. The first level is weak but make your way to the second floor to find educational exhibits about the city, the Lowcountry and nat...  more »
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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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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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