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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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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  • Unfortunately we arrived at the museum too close to closing time to be able to enjoy all of the wonderful aspects of this museum. Visitors should set aside four or five hours to take the time to absor...  more »
  • You need about an hour to see this museum. It is primarily comprised of only the second story with just a few artifacts on the first floor. Plenty of focus on the Civil War but my favorite was the sil...  more »
  • Lovely museum with a full history of Charleston from all aspects--pre-historical, geological, historical, cultural, etc. Very interesting to see what the city was and what it is now.  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What a wonderful place to be taken back in time. Thank you for preserving history.
  • 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.