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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.
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79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great little museum, basically one room, with some artifacts and lots of story boards and models. The day we were there it was run by two enthusiastic school girls. They were very interested in sharing their knowledge of the history of Charleston...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting history, greeted by one of the volunteers who have an initial overview of the building and history of the area. A bit pricey for what you get to see.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jim W
Reviewed 18 July 2019 via mobile

This quaint little building has a lot of history. As you walk through the building, it’s a little self read history lesson. They even have a scavenger hunt for information and if you complete it, you get a prize. The staff is very knowledgeable if...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LeisurelyExploring
Reviewed 3 July 2019

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...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank EvanGuthrie
Reviewed 16 May 2019 via mobile

Came here after doing a ghost city tour on the rec of our tour guide bert. So much history and a near interactive way of exploring the museum. so much fun. the man who was working that day was so helpful and informative i’m sorry...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank sportcat71
Reviewed 5 April 2019

We had no idea this even existed until a relative gave us a tour of Charleston. Although the museum is exceptionally small, the admission is a pittance. It’s a fascinating quick tour of colonial (almost medieval feeling) Charleston with the history of the walls and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 March 2019

If you have seen the powder magazine in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, you can appreciate the Powder Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. Located at 79 Cumberland Street, between Church and Meeting Streets, it was completed in 1713 and is the oldest surviving public building in the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 14 January 2019

The Charleston Museum has a great deal going in January where you can visit 13 "museum" sites around Charleston for a really great price. This is one of the sites, so of course I popped in. I enjoyed my visit, but I would have been...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank hydroxero
Reviewed 22 December 2018

This was well worth the visit and tour. You have a small intro and then you follow the timeline through the Magazine in clockwise fashion to learn wonderful elements of what made Charleston in the early days.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Teacher20052013
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We swung by the museum after seeing it from our carriage ride. It was used store gunpowder during the American Revolutionary War and the oldest public building. The design itself was pretty cool the shape would force any explosion up through the roof and the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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