Old Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland ST
Charleston, SC 29401


Completed in 1713, the Powder Magazine is one of the two surviving fortified structures of its kind in what were the Thirteen Original Colonies. It is the oldest public building in the Carolinas, if not in all the former British Colonies, and is one of the few remaining surviving military structures associated with the siege and capture of Charleston by the British in 1780. The Powder Magazine is a visible reminder of the era of the Lord Proprietors and their founding of the government of the Carolinas, and of the fortifications which protected the city and made Charleston one of the three fortified cities on the eastern seaboard of British Colonial America. The restored magazine is a National Historic Landmark with exhibits on the fascinating history of early Colonial Charleston.

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79 Cumberland ST
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-722-9350


  • Admission : $5; ages 6-12 and students $2; age 5 and younger admitted free
  • Days and Hours of Operation : M-Sa 10am-4pm; Su 1-4pm
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Thanksgiving & Christmas