The Charleston Museum, Charleston

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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 gives a thorough presentation of the history of this magical place. Displays are well lit, have great descriptive text and are interesting. My brother wanted to see the Civil War...  more »
  • This modern museum is full of history of the area and the city. It is well laid out with many fascinating exhibits that the entire family can enjoy.  more »
  • The Charleston Museum is a great experience that has been consistent and excellent throughout the years. I have been coming to The Charleston Museum ever since I could remember and it always seems to deliver a unique and educational experience every time no matter what year. I really like the exhibits about the history of Charleston and all of the different exhibits that rotate in and out. This museum is very well run and organized. I also really like the building and the feel it has with the architecture with the bricks and the courtyard. I also like the museum and its auditorium as an event venue as it is a good place to host different events and speeches. The Charleston Museum is awesome and I look forward to coming back here many times in the future.
  • I absolutely loved this museum. I had a day extra in Charleston and I decided to check out some local museums. I was so glad I picked this one. I purchased the 3 museum option for a cheaper bundled rate. It only took me only 90 minutes to briskly tour this entire museum. It was easy and not very busy during the daytime. I absolutely loved the Charleston historical exhibit which included so much about the war of independence, civil war and even it included a great exhibit on fashion throughout the south. Wow! I loved the extra exhibits on the old inventory the museum owns. It includes a giant Egyptian artifact. You’ll love this museum for an easy but fun day trip.
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