What better way to reinforce America’s unique history than to visit The Old Exchange?  Thousands of adults and students visit the Old Exchange each year to help broaden their minds on the city of Charleston.  Plan a visit, be actively engaged in one of our Educational Programs, and learn how you too can be a part of history.  

 

The Old Exchange has developed a selection of diverse educational programs about various aspects of the 17th and 18th century.  This includes programs focused on Colonial “Charles Town,” pirates, the American Revolution, and the famous Charleston tourist George Washington.

 

A variety of programs are available that both correlate with South Carolina State academic standards, and maintain the interest of adults wishing to enrich themselves in American history. Please make your reservations as early as possible.

Call (843) 727-2165 or email for more information and pricing.

 

Minimum group size of 10 paying guests.  Groups of smaller size will be charged as a group of 10.

Tours are booked on the hour and half-hour.

 

AVAILABLE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Tour of the Exchange:

(Grades Kindergarten – 12th)
Description: A guided tour of all three floors of The Old Exchange.  Learn about The Old Exchange’s role in Charleston’s rich history, including its use during the American Revolution.  Includes a tour inside of the historic Provost Dungeon.

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $4.00 per person


Colonial Lifestyles:

(Grades 1st – 6th)

Description: A guided tour focused on the early founding of “Charles Town.”  The tour teaches kids how life would have been like during the early Colonial era, as well as an interactive look of some of the toys and personal items used during the time.  Includes a guided tour of the Dungeon.

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $6.50 per person


Making of a Pirate:

(Grades Kindergarten – 2nd)
Description: A pirate-focused history tour that takes children through all three floors of The Old Exchange.  Children even get to make their own paper pirates and treasure maps.  This program includes a tour of the Dungeon, featuring the story of “Charles Town’s” most infamous pirate: the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnett!

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $6.50 per person


George Washington Scavenger Hunt:

(Grades 5th – 12th)
Description: Start off with a guided tour through all three floors of The Old Exchange, and then follow in the footsteps of George Washington as you explore sites associated with our first President.  Includes a guided tour of the Dungeon, seeing the Great Hall where Washington was entertained, and exploring the city with a detailed map through the historic district of Charleston.

Duration of Program: 2 hours
Cost of Program: $6.50 per person


Pirate Scavenger Hunt:

(Grades 1st – 8th)
Description: Navigate the Old Exchange through a guided tour of all three floors, and then set sail into the city and find the locations tied to Charleston’s pirate history.  Includes a tour of the Dungeon, focused on the pirate history and the story of “Charles Town’s” infamous Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnett.  Then explore the city with a detailed map through the historic district of Charleston.

Duration of Program: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cost of Program: $6.50 per person


Specialty Programs Request:

(Grades 9th -- Adult)

Description: Book a full building tour that focuses on one of the many aspects of Charleston history.  These programs can focus on topics such as architecture, Civil War history, and slave history.  Please specify in the comments section which focus you would prefer.

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $6.50 per person


Colonial Christmas:

(Grades Preschool -- 8th)
Description: Come walk in a winter wonderland of history!  This program is a special holiday themed tour of the building.  Learn all about the Colonial Holiday traditions, see the Provost Dungeon, and then deck the Great Hall as the students make their own pomanders.  This is a holiday season event that only lasts from November to December 25th!

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of the Program: $6.50


Rebels and Redcoats:

(Grades 3rd -- 8th)
Description: Come travel back in time to the year 1781!  This is a collaborative historic experience where students visit three historic locations (The Old Exchange, The Powder Magazine, and The Heyward-Washington House) as if they were still in the American Revolution.  Begin at the Old Exchange building, see the Dungeon where patriots were held, and then visit other locations tied to the British occupation of Charleston.  Information to book this tour is automatically forwarded to The Powder Magazine.

Duration of Program: 3 hours

Cost of Program: $15 per person


Museum Combination Package

Description: We offer packages combining more than one museum.  The other optional museums are The Powder Magazine, The Heyward-Washington House, and The Old Slave Mart Museum.  Please write the description which package you would want.

BOOK YOUR GROUP TODAY!

Please register your group prior to your visit. If you wish to request a tour or educational program, please submit this form at least three weeks in advance. Your request will be reviewed for availability and our staff will contact you within two business days.

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