Powder Magazine Charleston 


Powder Magazine Charleston

The Powder Magazine in Charleston is the oldest public building in South Carolina. Built in 1713, the building was used as storage for gunpowder during colonial days and the American Revolution. The Powder Magazine is the only standing structure of the original fortification that once surrounded Charleston. The building is now a National Landmark with exhibits that focus on South Carolina’s colonial military history. The building is very small but exhibits are informative and well presented by a friendly and helpful staff. Visitors should allow about 30 minutes to tour the museum and visit the gift shop. Parking is available along the street or in one of the nearby parking decks for a fee. The parking decks are located on Cumberland St. and Queen St.



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Powder Magazine Charleston
Hours and Admission


Hours: 
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
Sun. 1 pm - 4 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Christmas Eve hours: 9 am - noon

Admission:
Adults $6
Child $3


Powder Magazine Charleston Address and Map


Powder Magazine Charleston
79 Cumberland St
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 722-9350
Powder Magazine Website


Current and Upcoming Events
at the Powder Magazine Charlotte


What: Lecture: Slavery to Civil Rights
When: Thurs. Oct 17, 2019

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: The Powder Magazine
Admission: $20 per person

The Powder Magazine's annual fall lunch and lecture series kicks off this year with a presentation by Ruth Miller, local historian and tour guide. This presentation tells the story of Charleston from the perspective of the African-American experience, beginning with the English slave trade and the practices of urban slavery, continuing through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, and to the local fight for Civil Rights.


What: Lecture: Losing It
When: Thurs. Nov. 7, 2019

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: The Powder Magazine
Admission: $20 per person

Even a city as historically rich and preservation-minded as Charleston can't save everything. Some of these landmarks were never intended to be saved. Others were unintentional losses. Still, What is lost and what remnants survive can continue to offer consequential lessons in local history. 


What: Lecture: Florida vs Carolina
When: Thurs. Nov. 14, 2019

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: The Powder Magazine
Admission: $20 per person

As competing powers in Europe, Spain and England exported their imperial rivalry to the New World. Roughly one century after the Spanish had established St. Augustine, Florida (1565), English colonists founded Charles Towne (1670) only a few hundred miles to the north in the fledgling province of Carolina, directing challenging Spain's claim to the American Southeast.


What: Lecture: The Grimke Sisters
When: Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: The Powder Magazine
Admission: $20 per person

Charlestonians Sarah and Angelina Grimke were first female abolitionist agents in the country and pioneers of women's rights. The presentation will include information about the prestigious Grimke family of Charleston, early influences on the girls, and their spiritual journey to become abolitionists and feminists.


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