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Charleston Museum

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When in Charleston, grab the chance to visit America's first museum. Built and founded in 1773, Charleston Museum holds the title of being America's first. The museum, while small in size, houses plenty of detailed information with permanent exhibits that focus on the history of South Carolina Lowcountry and its progress throughout the years. Aside from historical artifacts, there is also a dedicated exhibit for both prehistoric and current animals that call South Carolina their home. There's also a changing exhibit such as military heritage and fossil displays. Check the museum's site to see the current exhibits.

Things to Do

  • Purchase tickets to the museum and explore the permanent exhibits. Get a glimpse of the earliest settlements at the Lowcountry Museum Hall, weaponry used in the Civil War, WWI, and WWII at The Armoury, and skeletons of prehistoric animals found in South Carolina at the Natural History area.
  • Kids will enjoy the special interactive exhibit for them called Kidstory. They will get to see creatures underneath a microscope, play in a mini mansion, and roll up a pirate flag.
  • Visit the museum's event page for activities for kids and the entire family. Join activities such as Pirates: A Family Event and Kids Tours: Sunken Sub.

Charleston Museum Insider Tips

  • Discounted tickets are available for youth ages 13-17.
  • Purchase discounted combo tickets if you wish to visit historical houses owned by the museum.
  • Admission is free for children aged 2 and below.

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