Historical Attractions

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon Charleston

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Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
122 East Bay Street
Charleston
SC
29401
Tel: 843 727-2165

Where are we going today?

If you're in Charleston, then you should try and make a visit to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, because there is something historical for everyone!

The Old Exchange building has been restored to it's original condition, so you can see EXACTLY who it would have looked way back when George Washington himself danced in the Grand Hall! The building has an integral role in America's quest for independence, so get ready for some amazing historical facts!

Many of the historic buildings in Charleston are actually residences, and focus on the families, but the Old Exchange actually began it's life as a pubic building - and remains the same today!

With public tours over it's three floors, you will get a great insight into the various aspects of the city's history during the times of the Colonial and Revolutionary eras. 

Did you know that you can see a balcony from this the Declaration of Independence was actually read?

Then of course, a secret lies beneath the Old Exchange building...a secret where period criminals and suspected traitors were incarcerated for all the naughty things they did!

Tours are available to take you through this gloomy and dark side to the city, with wax figures to help you visualize what it must have been like in such conditions! Learn all about those that called this dungeon home, including the martyr Isaac Hayne who spent his last night there.

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is a fascinating day out for those who love history!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$5 (Ages 7 to 12)
  • Free Under: 6 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily.

All year round.

Teachers corner

The building has developed a number of educational programs that tell students all about 17th and 18th century history. A great way to learn! .

I'm Hungry!

You're in South Carolina! There are plenty of delicious places to enjoy some food before you visit the musuem.

Healthy Eating!

It never hurts to carry bottled water with you.

Any Top Tips?

You can get a combo ticket for the Old Slave Mart Museum too!.

Doing our bit

The museum love making sure their stories and exhibits are historically accurate, so they are doing their bit to allow these stories to be told for years to come. .

Need a little extra help?

The building is handicap accessible, just give them a call ahead of time to let them know when you're arriving so they can be there to help you! .

Can I get one of those?

Take home some fun items that will remind you of your day out at the Gift Shop! Books...postcards...you name it! .

What people are saying?

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    We visited here after visiting the Old Slave Mart Museum. Again this really wasn't what I expected.

    It was nice that the staff were dressed in character to give authenticity. Our guide, Phil was very knowledgable and informative. It was also reasonably priced which again, was nice considering some of the other sites and places to visit.

    There were scenes set up in the dungeon and our guide walked us through each scene. Interesting place to visit.

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    Me and my wife visited downtown Charleston this week. We were not sure if we wished to do the tour here so we thought lets go in and see how they sell it. Well the guy standing at front collecting your money greeted us by saying "Are you doing the tour? If not do not pass the ropes or we will charge you entrance fee of 9 per person." Not exactly a good selling process especially considering we were in the gift shop when he asked. We then asked him to give us a brief description of the what the tour involved and his reply was "its 25 minutes...Read More

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    A must see. You can do a self guided tour but it is much better to go on the docent led tour especially in the dungeon. Take the time to read all the posted info as there is so much history to be learned.

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    True experience of colonial Charles Towns. And Dungeon Docent Dan is quite the character... Great tour.

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    Finn is amazing, his understanding of history is wonderful. I just started there for work, and did the tour 2 times. He is like a walking book on Charleston, you will learn more information from him than just about any where in the area! Wonderful job!

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by terry schauer

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Me and my wife visited downtown Charleston this week. We were not sure if we wished to do the tour here so we thought lets go in and see how they sell it. Well the guy standing at front collecting your money greeted us by saying "Are you doing the tour? If not do not pass the ropes or we will charge you entrance fee of 9 per person." Not exactly a good selling process especially considering we were in the gift shop when he asked. We then asked him to give us a brief description of the what the tour involved and his reply was "its 25 minutes for 9 a person." Great description...we left immediatly.

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