Completed in 1713, the Powder Magazine was built for gunpowder storage. It is the oldest public building in the Carolinas and one of the few remaining military structures associated with the 1780 British Siege of Charles Town.
The Powder Magazine is a visible reminder of the proprietary era, the founding of the government of the Carolinas, and the fortifications which protected Charles Town. The restored magazine is a National Historic Landmark with exhibits about colonial military history.
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Coastal & Islands
79 Cumberland ST,
Charleston, SC 29401
Info & Amenities
FROM THE NORTH: Follow 1-26E to exit 221B, for Meeting St/Visitor Center. Following Meeting St. south (approximately 2 miles) to Cumberland St. and turn left. The Powder Magazine is across the street from a City of Charleston parking garage, about halfway
adults $6; ages 6-12 and students $3; age 5 and younger admitted free; group of 3-5 $15
Days and Hours of Operation
M-Sa 10am-4pm; Su 12pm-4pm
Days and Holidays Closed
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
American Express Card
certain tour companies grant free admission; reciprocal passes accepted