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79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
+1 843-722-9350
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The Uniqueness is in the Age of the Building

I could really not give a 4 or 5 star to this place; otherwise it would be on a to do list. For... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
bigwawao
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New York City, New York
Do it if you have a little extra time

Inexpensive to see and very informative. Some of the stuff you can even touch (unlike other... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
valliam13
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Eustis, Florida
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
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"oldest public building"
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"small museum"
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"cumberland street"
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"gun powder"
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"revolutionary war"
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"colonial era"
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"small fee"
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"gift shop"
in 7 reviews
"interesting building"
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"worth a stop"
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"short visit"
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"provost dungeon"
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"charleston history"
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"walking tour"
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"gunpowder"
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

I could really not give a 4 or 5 star to this place; otherwise it would be on a to do list. For me, this place you can visit if you have extra time or in the vicinity. Should not take more than 30 minutes....More

Thank bigwawao
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Inexpensive to see and very informative. Some of the stuff you can even touch (unlike other museums). It only takes maybe 30 minutes to go through it but the architecture and how they built it was very ingenious. It's worth it if you have a...More

Thank valliam13
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

I know this was an important building back then, but your $6/person could be better spent elsewhere. Nice displays, lots of repro powder barrels, but just not a whole lot to see here. There is parking across the street so if you go you will...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a well themed museum. It has a lot of pirate themed exhibits. It's good if you don't have a lot of time. The gift shop is nice too also pirate themed.

Thank Tamba5
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

It was so so interesting here! It was very warm inside but the information was so cool to look at! You are allowed to touch tons of stuff so it's fun for kids and it doesn't take long at all because it's very small. The...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Small but authentic look at wear gunpowder was stored in the city. We were here on a very warm day so I probably didn't give it my full attention. What I did look at I enjoyed. This stop will take you less than 1/2 hour...More

Thank Sandy O
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

This was a small place with a small museum but they put an awful lot into the museum. I believe it is worth the visit not just because it claims to be the oldest building but its very informative to the history of Charleston.

Thank roy1916
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across the gift shop while trying to make it to a nearby cemetery. Since we were there we decided to go in a check it out. Gift shop was very small and there were 6 people in the room so I stepped into...More

Thank Stormy M
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Not very interesting. It's a "self-guided tour" of one room ... and that room is mostly just reading a few boards and looking at a map. After visiting other basic sites in the city, the information available here was nothing new. DO NOT BRING KIDS,...More

Thank Sip111
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

It's a small building with a neat exhibit inside of it about the history of the magazine and the conflicts surrounding the time period. It is $6/person, and it takes less than half an hour to go through the exhibit.

Thank DarcyCat2011
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