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 museum is very good. It has a collection from when the dinosaurs roamed the earth until the present. There is so much information about the history of Charleston. A good place to spend some... 
    This museum is very good. It has a collection from when the dinosaurs roamed the earth until the present. There is so much information about the history of Charleston. A good place to spend some...  more »
  • This museum was very informative and we spent at least 2 hours discovering the history of the Holy City. We had no idea that Charleston was the richest city in the colonies/states due to the... 
    This museum was very informative and we spent at least 2 hours discovering the history of the Holy City. We had no idea that Charleston was the richest city in the colonies/states due to the...  more »
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  • Nice museum with a solid history of Charleston. I particularly liked the fact that they have recreated some of the original exhibits to show what the museum was like in the 1700s when it was founded. Very interesting piece of history as it claims to be the oldest museum in North America. Taxidermy was very cool as was the armory. Cost is a bit high at roughly $28 for two people but that can be mitigated by buying a ticket to multiple attractions at once. Overall a good way to kill an hour or so.
  • This is a lovely museum. Very clean. The staff was personable and helpful. It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, looking at Charleston's historical time line, Charleston's role during the revolutionary and civil wars, some very interesting natural history exhibits, and a beautiful silver display. A terrific bargain for $12 - less for children and seniors.

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