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The Powder Magazine

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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
French Quarter
+1 843-722-9350
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Reviewed July 2, 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

Thank dorygirl
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Cool little place. I cannot say it was worth the price of admission. It is roughly the one large room. I do not think I learned anything I did not know. I think it would have been better for families with smaller children because of...More

Thank rgdmitchell
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice little stop on you tour of Charleston. The people working the desk are very knowledgeable of the building. There are quit a few artifacts in here. Also there is little fact finding quiz of the kids and a prize (post card)....More

Thank Brgoose
Reviewed May 11, 2018

I met here for a pirate tour and enjoyed checking out everything the museum had to offer. They have a great gift shop for pirate lovers and the museum portion is pretty educational as well. You have a chance to learn some fun facts

Thank Jacquie P
Reviewed May 1, 2018

This museum was interesting but there are many better. For $6.00 there is not much to see. A bit of history on the building and its use back in the day and a few artifacts. They do have tours for kids that they would enjoy.

Thank tazman572
Reviewed April 27, 2018

We weren't sure we'd have time to visit the Powder Magazine but when we ended up passing it on our way to find breakfast, we were so glad we stopped. There are interactive components - the stocks, load a cannon, dress up - and a...More

Thank AlmostParenting
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The Powder Magazine is a unique little museum tucked away downtown. It is the oldest public building in Charleston and also where they used to store gunpowder centuries ago. There’s a lot of information on the wars and the powder magazine itself with a display...More

Thank Hannah R
Reviewed March 21, 2018

The Powder Magazine is a quaint museum located in the French Quarter of Charleston. A powder magazine is a fortified building that stores gun powder. This is Charlestons oldest surviving structure that has been converted into a museum specializing in colonial military history. Jolly Chriss.

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Reviewed December 11, 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
Reviewed October 22, 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

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