The Old Exchange offers a variety of education programs for students of all ages, from kindergarteners to adults. Our primary topics of focus include the American Revolution, colonial "Charles Town," pirate history, and President George Washington's tour of Charleston. All Old Exchange education programs have been designed to reflect South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards.

Education tours are available during regular business hours (9-5) and begin on the hour and half hour. Group rates listed below require a minimum of ten paying guests.

To book a date for your group, please review the offerings below and fill out the Group Tour Registration form to the right. Our staff will review the availability of your requested date and contact you within two business days. Please make your reservations as early as possible.

For more information, please call (843) 727-2165 or email a member of our education team.

For more information on descriptions and South Carolina education standards, please download this file (PDF).

AVAILABLE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Tour of the Exchange

(Grades K – 12)
Description: A broad overview of site history, this program takes students to all three floors of the Exchange and teaches them about the site's connections to the American Revolution, pirate history, colonial "Charles Town," and the slave trade. Includes a tour of the Provost Dungeon.

Duration of Program: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $5.00 per person


Colonial Lifestyles

(Grades 1 – 6)

Description: A guided tour focused on the founding of early “Charles Town.” This program teaches students about colonial American life and includes an interactive program using some of the toys and personal items from the era. Also includes a guided tour of the Provost Dungeon.

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


Making of a Pirate

(Grades K – 2)
Description: A pirate-focused history tour that takes children through all three floors of the Old Exchange. Includes an interactive component in which students make their own treasure maps and pirate dolls. Also includes a tour of the Provost Dungeon, featuring the story of the infamous "Gentleman Pirate," Stede Bonnet.

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


George Washington Scavenger Hunt

(Grades 5 – 12)
Description: Students begin with a guided tour of all three floors of the Old Exchange and then explore local sites associated with President George Washington. Includes a guided tour of the Provost Dungeon, a visit to the Great Hall where Washington was entertained, and a scavenger hunt through Charleston's historic district, using a detailed map provided by the Old Exchange.

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


Pirate Scavenger Hunt

(Grades 1 – 8)
Description: Navigate all three floors of the Old Exchange Building on a guided tour and then set sail into the city and find locations tied to Charleston’s pirate history. Includes a tour of the Provost Dungeon, which focuses on pirate history and the story of the infamous "Gentleman Pirate," Stede Bonnet. Students then explore pirate sites around Charleston's historic district using a map provided by the Old Exchange.

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


Specialty Programs Request

(Grades 9 - Adult)

Description: The Old Exchange is able to provide customized specialty tours focused on the historical theme of your choice. Common topics include the Civil War, slavery, and architecture. Please indicate your topics of interest in the comments section.

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


Colonial Christmas

(Grades Preschool - 8)
Description: Come walk in a winter wonderland of history on this special holiday-themed tour of the Old Exchange. Learn about holiday traditions in colonial America, see the Provost Dungeon, and then "deck the Great Hall" as students make their own pomanders. Offered between November 1 and December 25th.

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


Rebels and Redcoats

(Grades 3 - 8)
Description: Travel to the year 1781 in this special multi-site program presented as if students were still in the American Revolution. Students see the Provost Dungeon, where Patriot soldiers joined others in a British prison, and get to visit the Heyward-Washington House and Powder Magazine to learn about other aspects of the British occupation of Charleston. Booking requests for this tour are automatically forwarded to the Powder Magazine.

Duration of Program: 3 hours

Cost of Program: $15 per person


Museum Combination Package

Description: The Old Exchange also offers customized multi-site tours in partnership with other area historic sites, including the Old Slave Mart Museum, the Powder Magazine, and the Heyward-Washington House. Please describe your desired combination in the comments section.

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. Our staff will review the availability of your preferred date and contact you within two business days.

Group Tour Registration

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