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The Nathaniel Russell House Museum

51 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC 29401 | Official website
The Nathaniel Russell House Museum Photo info
Rick McKee/Courtesy the Historic Charleston Foundation
  • Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Constructed at the turn of the 19th century by Nathaniel Russell a wealthy Southern merchant this historic home is best known for its magnificent spiraling staircase, detailed furnishings and landscaped gardens. Unlike the Aiken-Rhett House, the Nathaniel Russell House has undergone an architectural and interior restoration. "You can tell that the restoration team spent a lot of time and expertise learning about the family and the history of the house to restore it perfectly," one TripAdvisor reviewer mentioned.

Recent visitors say this is the place to go if you're looking for insight into the more lavish side of Southern comfort. Tours, which last approximately half an hour, are docent-led and commence every 30 minutes. During the tour, you'll learn about the Russell family and the slaves who cared for the home.

The Nathaniel Russell House sits in the heart of downtown Charleston, rubbing elbows with The Battery. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4:30 p.m. every day. Adult admission is $10; children's admission costs $5. If you're also planning to visit the Aiken-Rhett House, you can purchase a joint ticket that grants entry to both properties for $16 ($10 for children). For more information, visit the home's section of the Historic Charleston Foundation's website.

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