The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Charleston

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 800+ 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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  • Our tour guide, Nathan, was informative and engaged. He wasn't bored to death by questions. It lasted about 30 minutes and I enjoyed the narrative about the old dungeon. Loved the inside information a...  read more »
  • We wondered into the OE&PD feeling guilty we had not partaken of an educational interlude at one of Charleston's many historic sites on this particuar day. This abbreviated stop cured us of the guilt....  read more »
  • My wife and I were looking for something to do before dinner, having about an hour and a half to kill. We ended up walking in the Old Exchange and taking the dungeon tour for a reasonable $10. The gui...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Start here. Great place to start in charleston. Provides the best base of historical information for reference when touring, walking and sightseeing. All the historic homes and streets all cumulatively relate.
  • 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.
  • Interesting tour. Lots of interesting people were imprisoned here in a very small area. Great tour guide.
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