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The Powder Magazine, 1713


79 Cumberland Street
Charleston, SC 29401


Open: Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Phone: (843) 722-9350



The Powder Magazine was completed by 1713 and housed about five tons of gunpowder to protect colonial Carolina from a variety of threats. The arsenal is the only standing component of the fortification system that once surrounded Charles Town (Charleston). The South Carolina Society has preserved this historical site since 1902 and maintains it as a museum focused on the colonial history of the state.

National Register of Historic Places
National Historic Landmark


From I-26 Eastbound to Downtown Charleston. Take the Meeting Street/Visitor Center Exit 221B. Turn right onto Meeting Street and continue south for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Cumberland Street. The Powder Magazine is 1/2 block on the right.