The Powder Magazine

South Carolina's oldest public building South Carolina's oldest public building Image courtesy of the Powder Magazine


Completed by 1713, The Powder Magazine is over 300 years old and holds the claim to South Carolina's oldest public building. Originally used as an arsenal to defend the colony from the French, Spansih, pirate, and various other attacks, the building was purchased in 1902 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and converted into a museum. The Powder Magazine holds a variety of historial artifacts from the wars and life in Colonial days, and is the perfect stop for guests looking for a quick glimpse into Charleston's history. It is an easy stop to make while strolling through Charleston to shop or dine, and guests who visit can ask all about why they filled the roof to the brim with sand.


A group of guests tours the Powder Magazine

Tour guide, John, gives guests a look at the history found in the Powder Magazine Museum.



Residing at 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401, the Powder Magazine sits in the center of the downtown historic district. Parking is conveniently located directly across the street via parking garage, or guets may take advantage of one street parking.


Museum and Gift Shop Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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The historic Powder Magazine is located in the heart of the historic district. It is just one block or so south of the open air market and other popular shopping destinations. Guests in the area may also enjoy a historic carriage tour of the downtown area. Carriage tours board just Two blocks from the Powder Magazine. Click here to find out more about daily carriage tours.


source: The Powder Magazine Museum

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