Charleston museums reflect the genteel culture and rich history that make the city the gem of the South. Charleston's Museum Mile runs along Meeting Street and features six museums and five historic homes, including The Confederate Museum, the Charleston children's museum, and The Charleston Museum. That last institution is the oldest museum in the United States, showcasing everything from Civil War swords to an 18-foot-long crocodile skeleton. After traversing the mile of history, art, and activities, you’ll find there are plenty of other things to do in Charleston, whether you’re taking in a view of the USS Yorktown or heading into the sunset in a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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