The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Charleston

(4.2/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
After Charleston fell to the British during the Revolutionary War, they used The Old Exchange & 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 The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Charleston itinerary planner.
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  • This building, besides being an Exchange for the British rulers, contained a Provost (to the Brits) or a Dungeon (to the Patriots). It was the last British commercial building erected in the Colony of...  more »
  • We attended a tour of the dungeon the docent was really informative and we learned much about the history of the Pirates incarcerated there. 
  • The great hall and exchange floor are interesting and give you a lot of Charleston history and Revolutionary War background. The most fun was the guided tour by Walter through the basement dungeon mak...  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.