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  • 1. Aiken-Rhett House Museum

    Upper King | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of Charleston's most stately mansions, built in 1820 and virtually unaltered since 1858, has been preserved rather than restored, meaning...Read More

  • Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    2. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    A drive through a ½-mile-long live-oak alley draped in Spanish moss introduces you to this still-functioning plantation, the oldest of its kind...Read More

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  • 3. Gibbes Museum of Art

    Market | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building, this museum boasts a collection of 10,000 works, principally American with a local connection. An...Read More

  • 4. Nathaniel Russell House Museum

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the nation's finest examples of Federal-style architecture, the Nathaniel Russell House was built in 1808 and has been restored to a...Read More

  • 5. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Climb aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier—which contains the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum—as well as the destroyer USS Laffey...Read More

  • 6. Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

    College of Charleston Campus | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the College of Charleston, this museum and archive was once a school for African Americans, training students for professional careers...Read More

  • 7. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This site includes the last 28 acres of the plantation owned by Charles Pinckney, a drafter and signer of the U.S. Constitution. You can tour...Read More

  • 8. Charleston Museum

    Upper King | Museum/Gallery

    Although housed in a modern-day brick complex, this institution was founded in 1773 and is the country's oldest museum. The collection is especially...Read More

  • 9. Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

    Upper King | Museum/Gallery

    Hands-on interactive exhibits at this top-notch museum will keep kids—from infants to 10-year-old children—occupied for hours. They can climb...Read More

  • 10. City Hall

    North of Broad | Government Building

    The intersection of Meeting and Broad streets is known as the Four Corners of Law, representing the laws of nation, state, city, and church...Read More

  • 11. Colleton Museum & Farmers Market

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum chronicles the history of this small Southern town, displaying everything from butter churns to the country's first anesthesia machine...Read More

  • 12. Edmondston-Alston House

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    In 1825, Charles Edmondston built this house in the Federal style on Charleston's High Battery. About 13 years later, second owner Charles Alston...Read More

  • 13. Fort Moultrie

    Museum/Gallery

    A part of the Fort Sumter National Monument, this is the site where Colonel William Moultrie's South Carolinians repelled a British assault...Read More

  • 14. Heyward-Washington House

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    This Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, patriot leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The city...Read More

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  • 15. Market Hall

    Market | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1841, this imposing landmark was modeled after the Temple of Wingless Victory in Athens. While City Market vendors occupy the ground...Read More

  • 16. Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon

    South of Broad | Museum/Gallery

    Built as a customs house in 1771, this building once served as the commercial and social center of Charleston. It was the site of many historic...Read More

  • 17. Old Slave Mart Museum

    Market | Museum/Gallery

    This is thought to be the state's only extant building that was used for slave auctioning, a practice that ended here in 1863. It was once part...Read More

  • 18. Powder Magazine

    Market | Museum/Gallery

    Completed in 1713, the oldest public building in South Carolina is one of few that remain from the time of the Lords Proprietors. The city's...Read More

  • 19. South Carolina Artisans Center

    Store/Shop/Mall

    This lovely center is a showcase for more than 250 South Carolina artists. Look for jewelry, sculptures, glass, woodwork, and more. The loomed...Read More

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