The Powder Magazine, Charleston

#14 of 31 in Museums in Charleston
Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
A public building from the era of the Lords Proprietors, The Powder Magazine was once used to store powder needed in the defenses of the city during the 17the century and until the American Revolution. It's the ideal site for learning about the history of the area in the state's oldest remaining government building. After retiring as a powder arsenal, the building served as a livery stable, printing shop, wine cellar, and even carriage house. Today, it serves as a museum of military and colonial history. Check the website for details. Plan to visit The Powder Magazine and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Charleston attractions using our Charleston trip planner.
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  • So much history can be found in this small building. It awesome to realize that without this building Charleston would not be the city it is today. An awesome stop!  more »
  • We went on the Historic Tour of Charleston and our guide mentioned stopping into the Powder Magazine. Such a step back in time! Only $6 entrance fee! The docents were very helpful and accommodating...  more »
  • The Powder Magazine on Cumberland Street in Charleston is a great piece of history to be a part of experience. It is cool that there is a building that is from Charleston in 1713 that is still standing and that you can feel and walk through. You can feel all of the history and all of the years in the air that is part of the building. The vibe and atmosphere is made complete with really cool flute and pipe music that is continuously playing and gets you all excited like you stepped in a time machine. I really like all the displays and all of the historical perspective and education that is on display. I feel like I am able to learn something new every time I come here and there is just enough here that it does not take all day to see everything.
  • Visited today while in downtown Charleston. Definitely a great little museum. Staff was very friendly and a lot of great history inside! I also give them bonus points for using Jas Townsend and Son for their replicated historical clothing! Definitely recommend a visit.

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