The Old Exchange is a ‘must-see’ for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building’s integral role in our country’s quest for independence and its important service to our young nation.
While many of the historic buildings in Charleston are residences and focus on prominent families of the city, the Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today. Owned by the South Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Old Exchange offers public tours of its three floors that highlight various aspects of Charleston history during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and put into context the people and events of the period.
It is our goal to present the history of the Old Exchange in an interesting and informative manner. Young and old alike seem drawn to the Provost Dungeon. Our experienced docents will lead you through its eerie confines and entertain you and your family with wonderful tales of pirates and patriots. You’ll be having so much fun, you may not want to leave!
We know you’ll be presented with a lot of history, so we encourage you and your family to PLEASE ask questions! We love to share our history, so ask away! Any of the costumed docents, museum shop cashiers and office personnel will be happy to help in any way.
The Old Exchange Building is handicap accessible– if you need to access the museum at the ground level, you can call ahead at 843-727-2165 and speak to a staff member and let them know what time you are arriving. They will arrange to meet you at the back of the building (off Gillon St) and let you enter on the ground level. An elevator will allow you to tour all three floors of the Exchange. You can also simply flag down one of the costumed docents on the front (Broad St & East Bay intersection) and they will go down to the back door for you. If you do not see anyone at the front, please wait a minute or two, the docents may be inside assisting customers but should return to their station shortly.
“In our society it is accepted that we set aside homes where great men are born, but in this house South Carolina was born.”
-Hobert Caywood, Superintendent of Independence National Historic Park. A quote from his speech at the opening ceremonies of the restored Old Exchange Building, 1981