The Powder Magazine
The Powder Magazine
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Powder Magazine is South Carolina's oldest public building. It was constructed in 1713 for gunpowder storage and now stands as a colonial military history museum.
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  • Tanyajn1
    Sterling, Virginia200 contributions
    Small piece of history
    A neat little piece of history. The architecture is pretty cool; very reminiscent of Roman buildings with the converging arches. Be sure to check out the Old Exchange & Provost. They really should go hand in hand being built about the same time with similar building styles. We maybe spent 20 minutes, if that. So just a short visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2023
  • BosKat
    Lincoln, Rhode Island135 contributions
    A must see site in Charleston for history buffs.
    A small site in the city with amazing history, and a very impressive tour. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the powder magazine played an important role in colonial America and the revolutionary war. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and really brought the history to life. The George III era cannons outside were really cool to see. A must see site in Charleston for history buffs.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 6, 2023
  • Patt4411
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania203 contributions
    Hidden gem
    A neat little piece of history. Other than just reading the info plaques take time to talk to wonderful docents. We had a very interesting talk yesterday with Mitchell, details of the weaponry, and the cannons. Kids would find it interesting too!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Brian S
    Sumter, South Carolina71 contributions
    Small historical museum off the Beaten path
    Bought a membership on line and its definitely worth it. Enduring goes to help the museum. Ben here before but this was my daughter's first visit. They offer a very good gift shop where we bought a replica flint lock pistol and several other pirate related artifacts. The accrual museum offers a pretty good assortment of exhibits and Attractions. They have a small scavenger hunt history Edition which the kids have to read things to answer several historical questions. Very well done and very much worth the small price. A really cool place to visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2023
  • William E
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina367 contributions
    Great piece of 1700s history!
    Great piece of history in Charleston from 1700s! Not many powder magazines from the 1700s around to look at. the displays inside are pretty cool also. A nice piece of history you can add to your day and see in an hour or two.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
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William E
Mount Pleasant, SC367 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Great piece of history in Charleston from 1700s! Not many powder magazines from the 1700s around to look at. the displays inside are pretty cool also. A nice piece of history you can add to your day and see in an hour or two.
Written 5 August 2023
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196LindaC
Mukwonago, WI730 contributions
Feb 2023
A small building in the downtown area that is easily missed. Stop in to take in some history. Nicely laid out and informative
Written 2 April 2023
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Brian S
Sumter, SC71 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Bought a membership on line and its definitely worth it. Enduring goes to help the museum. Ben here before but this was my daughter's first visit. They offer a very good gift shop where we bought a replica flint lock pistol and several other pirate related artifacts. The accrual museum offers a pretty good assortment of exhibits and Attractions. They have a small scavenger hunt history Edition which the kids have to read things to answer several historical questions. Very well done and very much worth the small price. A really cool place to visit.
Written 27 March 2023
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Patt4411
Pittsburgh, PA203 contributions
Mar 2023
A neat little piece of history. Other than just reading the info plaques take time to talk to wonderful docents. We had a very interesting talk yesterday with Mitchell, details of the weaponry, and the cannons. Kids would find it interesting too!
Written 3 March 2023
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BosKat
Lincoln, RI135 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A small site in the city with amazing history, and a very impressive tour. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the powder magazine played an important role in colonial America and the revolutionary war. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and really brought the history to life. The George III era cannons outside were really cool to see. A must see site in Charleston for history buffs.
Written 6 February 2023
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Tanyajn1
Sterling, VA200 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
A neat little piece of history. The architecture is pretty cool; very reminiscent of Roman buildings with the converging arches. Be sure to check out the Old Exchange & Provost. They really should go hand in hand being built about the same time with similar building styles. We maybe spent 20 minutes, if that. So just a short visit.
Written 29 January 2023
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Sunshine766854
4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Our walking tour guide pointed out this landmark (The Powder Magazine) on our tour. We went back the next day and was pleasantly surprised at the wealth of information in this little museum. The curators were super informative and you could also participate in a scavenger hunt. This is definitely worth your time!
Written 15 June 2022
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nicole s
Palmetto, FL369 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was a side trip which we found full of knowledge and put alot of the really old historical history of Charleston into perspective. It's a must
Written 9 June 2022
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daearz77
Charleston, SC519 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
My daughter and I were downtown, and on a whim, decided to go here. We were absolutely thrilled that we did. It’s not the largest museum in the area by any means, but for $10 for the two of us, it was well worth the price. The scavenger hunt with the quill writing pen is a nice touch. The tour was fun and the tour guide answered any questions we had. My daughter loved getting to hold a musket at the end of the tour and pose for pictures. By the end of the day, my daughter said this was the highlight of her day in Charleston.
Written 7 April 2022
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moviegirl35
Chantilly, VA31 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
What a great little find! Excellent hands on experience for young children. They interact through a scavenger hunt, which turns history into an exciting game. The demonstrations are great and informative. Highly recommend stopping to visit when in Charleston.
Written 31 March 2022
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