Nathaniel Russell House
Nathaniel Russell House
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum was completed in 1808 by merchant Nathaniel Russell. The home’s graceful, free-flying, three-story staircase is an architectural marvel and the elegant interiors with elaborate plasterwork, geometrically shaped rooms, formal gardens and collection of 18th-century decorative and fine art speak to the wealth of Charleston’s elite in the early days of the American Republic. Restored to its original splendor using forensic analysis and cutting-edge conservation technology by our curatorial staff, we ensure the highest standards of old-world expertise to replicate the finishes, fixtures and textiles appropriate for this 200-year old townhouse. The 18 enslaved Africans that lived on and maintained this property are an integral part of its history. Archaeological artifacts, educational panels and ongoing restoration of the enslaved quarters are vital to learning more about the enslaved and telling their important stories.
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  • Badforever
    London, Canada785 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great, inexpensive tour, with or without a guide, benefits the Historical Foundation.
    We just happened to show up when a guided tour was commencing. Otherwise, the tour is self guided with an audio device. Our guide was very knowledgeable speaking about preservation techniques, interior design, architecture, and, of course, history. We learned a lot and the building is quite fantastic. We appreciated that the beneficiary of our admission fee is the Historical Society and funding the ongoing preservation - and not the descendant family of someone who had built their fortune on the backs of slave labour.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Janice P
    Markham, Canada52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mostly Great
    Historical society has done a great job of renovating this prominent home to its original state. Provides a glimpse into the wealthy life of upperclass Charleston. However, was disappointed that they are only now allocating monies to renovate the kitchen and laundry area where slaves worked non-stop to support the needs of the household. Also, I was disappointed that there was no indication that the slaves bedroom quarters were to be renovated. Otherwise, very good self-audio tour!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • StigJim
    Alliance, Ohio551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Top Tour
    This was one of, if not the best, of the tours we took in Charleston. While some of the historic homes have been left in the condition they were I when they became museums, here there has been an effort to bring the home back to what it was like back in the 18th century. Our guide provided a lot of information about the house, it’s original residents, and about archeological digs in the basement and about how some of the restoration has been done. It’s also unusual among the historical home tours in Charleston in that this house is based more fully on British/European models.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Red-Barchetta2011
    Suffield, Connecticut753 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Tour
    This was a nice home to visit. When we arrived they had asked if we wanted the self guided audio tour or the guided. We decided to do the guided tour. I believe there was no cost difference. Since it was mid morning it was not too crowded and since most people did the self guided tour so it was just me and my wife with the tour guide, so it was very personal. She was great and she walked through and explained the history, the furnishing, decor and architecture. She had a lot of knowledge and passion which makes these kind of tours much more enjoyable. We did not do lot of tours do to time available but we were very glad we did this. If you can only do one or two I would highly recommend this one.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 6, 2023
  • paisha
    191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent docent-led tour!
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Nathaniel Russell House. The docent-led tour was excellent. If you visit, be sure to catch one. The tour and the house were filled with architectural and historical wonder. Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 18, 2023
  • amusementparkguy1
    104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative Piece of History
    A friend and I toured this house on our trip to Charleston. As with the Aiken-Rhett House, this one reflects life in the antebellum and Post Civil War days. It is under restoration currently in the kitchen and laundry rooms. The grounds are beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Matt B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A happy accident
    We had a walking tour cancelled so my wife and I created our own. Came across this place and gave it a shot. Really happy we did. Really informative and insightful, definitely do the guided tour instead of the headphone one. Diane really was a fun guide and answered all of our questions.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Alf R
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nathaniel Russell House - self Guided Tour
    An excellent self guided audio tour. Informative, with plenty of additional sound bites. History was narrated with clarity and the architecture, especially the cantilevered three flight staircase. High recommended, and the garden is lovely too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • vichy
    554 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little house museum
    Very nicely maintained house museum - the place is the size of a normal house so it doesn't take more than 1-2 hours to get through it. Really nice audio guide for the property. It also shows really well the contrast between the owner and slave quarters.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • cdandoy
    Gilbert, Arizona897 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    Easy to find. I used the audio which is about 45 min long. It was a tad slow in places but the rooms themselves are great! Love the chamber pot chair and the staircase. Used to some rooms having chairs for those that need to sit occasionally but this only had 1 spot for sitting.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 5, 2023
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jandaG0lden_C0
Golden, CO88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
. One of the highlights of our trip to Charleston. Take a guided tour as the volunteers are so knowledgeable. It is an architectural and history tour of how this wealthy family lived in the early 1800's. We did this instead of a plantation tour due to time restraints and felt that it was just as educational. Also the area around this house is a beautiful area with many great streets and homes.
Written February 26, 2024
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LiMcG
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful historic house with fabulous rooms full of lovely furniture of the period. Excellent guide who was extremely knowledgeable. Self guided tours also available.
Written February 8, 2024
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Leanne P
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The audio tour was informative and fairly easy to stop, start, and advance as needed. We did not have access to the entire house. Most rooms were sparsely furnished/decorated, and we were disappointed to learn that only one piece of furniture in the house (an office chair) was original. The owners made their fortune from slavery, and much of the tour mentions how much they enjoyed showing how wealthy they were.
Written February 7, 2024
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BDfromDC
Washington DC, DC50 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Don't do the woke audio tour unless you need a lesson that slavery was like a really, really bad thing. Read about the house and its inhabitant but don't depend upon the millennial-speak infused audio tour, which is just embarrassing.
Written November 22, 2023
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Amy B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Beautiful staircase and architectural features. Staff was very friendly and I appreciated the option for an in-person tour
Written November 22, 2023
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Voyage319904
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great restoration. Walking audio tour was so informative, easy to use and could move about at your own pace. The building itself plus period pieces helped you feel like you were in their moment.
Written October 26, 2023
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ChicagoTraveler08
Lake Bluff, IL108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting home. Good self-guided tour. Unlike many tours you do get to see most of the house, including second floor. Kitchen and laundry are under excavation -- that was interesting.
Written October 23, 2023
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Easy to find. I used the audio which is about 45 min long. It was a tad slow in places but the rooms themselves are great! Love the chamber pot chair and the staircase. Used to some rooms having chairs for those that need to sit occasionally but this only had 1 spot for sitting.
Written October 5, 2023
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Virago750
Athens, GA52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The self guided tours were okay. I had to go back 3 times to get the tour started and back to where the device failed. Some renovations were in progress so not all was available/convenient.
Written October 4, 2023
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vichy
NYC554 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Very nicely maintained house museum - the place is the size of a normal house so it doesn't take more than 1-2 hours to get through it. Really nice audio guide for the property. It also shows really well the contrast between the owner and slave quarters.
Written September 23, 2023
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