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. Using our custom trip planner, Charleston attractions like The Charleston Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Very interesting! We were able to witness the taping of a news segment relating to lost silver communion service that was found and restored and on display.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If you are interested in Charleston history - this is the place to go! The museum was very well organized and informational - they had a lot on display and you could spend hours there! There weren't m...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    The museum provides an excellent overview of the history of the area including writings, relics and more. The early years of the settlement, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and more. Definitely w...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Some really cool stuff here. I liked most that it wasn't so big that you couldn't see everything in an afternoon. And it was very affordable
  • July 4, 2017
    Neat museum with LOTS of exhibits. It was deceptively large. Free parking was great too. The A.C. was working great on a very humid day which was fantastic.
  • June 16, 2017
    This museum is a must see. As the oldest museum in the U.S. Lots of varied exhibits, something to hold everyone's interest. Would be a great destination for a rainy afternoon. Some of our favorites were pottery, glass, and textiles.
  • July 4, 2017
    What a wonderful place to be taken back in time. Thank you for preserving history.
  • May 27, 2017
    Might be one of the smallest museums that I have ever been but it was still a beauty. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Avail of their great deal - one ticket for the museum, Joseph Manigault House and Heyward Washington House.

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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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