Charleston Museums Team Up to Offer ‘The Fire and Powder Pass’ | Lifestyles


CHARLESTON — The South Carolina Historical Society Museum (SCHS) and The Powder Magazine are proud to announce the launch of “The Fire and Powder Pass,” a joint ticket that provides access to both museums.

“We are thrilled to offer our first-ever joint post with The Powder Magazine,” said Faye L. Jensen, Ph.D., CEO of SCHS. “As downtown’s neighboring museums, this pass will give guests the opportunity to explore South Carolina’s history in two of Charleston’s most prestigious buildings.

With one affordable ticket, visitors can explore more than 350 years of South Carolina history at the South Carolina Historical Society Museum and focus on Charleston’s earliest history as a walled city at Powder Magazine, which is the oldest public building in the state. The fireproof building – where the SCHS museum is located – and the powder magazine combine for this “Fire and Powder Pass”. It’s the best deal in town.

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The South Carolina Historical Society Museum is housed in the historic fireproof building (circa 1826) at 100 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Powder Magazine (circa 1713) is located a few blocks away at 79 Cumberland St. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Customers can purchase the Fire and Powder Pass at both museums. Prices are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and veterans; and $10 for youth. This is the best deal in Charleston to visit two museums. For more information or to purchase the pass, please visit

The South Carolina Historical Society Museum

Founded in 1855 and based in Charleston, the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is the state’s oldest historical society and largest private repository of documents, books, manuscripts, and maps on South Carolina history. The SCHS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand, preserve, and make accessible its invaluable collection, and to encourage interest and pride in South Carolina’s rich historical heritage. SCHS Headquarters, the fireproof building, underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now serves as the South Carolina Historical Society Museum. For more information, visit

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The powder keg

Completed in 1713, The Powder Magazine is South Carolina’s oldest public building. The building was used for gunpowder storage from 1713 to 1748 and during the American Revolution to defend the city. After 1780 it was removed and by the beginning of the 19th century it was in private ownership. During this period, The Powder Magazine subsequently served as a printing house, livery stable, wine cellar and carriage house. In 1902, the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America of the State of South Carolina purchased the building, saving it from demolition. In less than a year, it was opened to the public. Today it is a museum where you can explore Charleston’s colonial period in the last remaining element of Charleston’s original fortifications. For more information, please visit

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