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A bustling seaport in the 1700s, Charleston was a melting pot of cultures, religions, and traditions. Powered by the rice and indigo trade, and slavery, it was the 4th largest city in America in 1790 – and the wealthiest. Like Philadelphia, Boston and New York, what distinguished Charleston then – was art.
While we were home to some of Americas earliest art, collectors, artists, who made the City both muse and subject – and taken our turn as one of the nations richest cities – in money and culture – so were we also home to Americas original sin, slavery – and a war that divided our nation.
In 1888, when Charleston was financially and culturally on its knees, benefactor James Gibbes left a bequest to the City to build an art museum.When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, revel in our experience, rebuild what’s broken, nourish our souls, and release all that holds us back. Through our complicated history, through light and shadow, we have persevered – humanity intact. Art is the reason
Charleston will endure. In Charleston, we believe art is the difference between merely existing and being truly alive. That’s why we immerse ourselves in every part of it – from fine art to craft – from nurturing its creation and celebrating its multicultural presentation – to inviting its interpretation and ensuring its preservation. Because when we open ourselves to art, we open ourselves to the world – to people and ideas, to beauty, craft, process and detail, to different cultures, to pain and pleasure, to questions, expression and emotion, to truth and transcendence.
In the presence of art, we have the opportunity to see inside someone’s heart, mind, and soul and feel what they felt. That understanding and compassion make us more understanding, compassionate people, who, in turn, create a more compassionate, understanding world. That is art’s gift.
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We did as much as we could with the one day tour pass, and should’ve gotten the two day pass. The tours were all amazing, and one of the tours was actually more expensive to purchase outside of the tour pass site, which made everything else included just an added bonus. The boat tour was amazing, the grit counter lunch was amazing, and the site was very easy to use, especially the included map and hours. Definitely am going to use again if I end up in Charleston.
Our first special trip on our special day since getting married 45 years ago! It could not have been any better! Our tours were perfect, the city is beautiful and the food delectable! We WILL be back, before another 45 years fly by! Great value, beautiful venues, historically knowledgeable and pleasant tour guides!! Thank you ALL!
I purchased a two day tour pass for my trip for Savannah and I would recommend it to anyone. Depending on how much you want to see and how much time you have, I would say the two-day pass is a better value than the one. Here's what I would recommend: the two day pass gives you three tours included. On the first day, use one of the tours for the Hop on Hop off trolley tour. The pass will give you admission to everything on that tour, so you can get off, see the museum or house or whatever, then get back on the trolley after each stop. Its an entire day. Then, that night take the ghost tour as your second included tour. You will see alot of Savannah at night, get all the good ghost stories performed for you by good actors, and you will get inside the Telfair at night, which is very spooky. Then, the following day take your third free tour. If you're active, you can rent e-bikes, or if you want more mellow, there's walking tours, or the steam boat ride down the Savannah River. If you do the Steam Boat, I would plan other activities in that area, shopping or dinner, because the River Walk is beautiful and there are a lot of stores, there's also the Maritime Museum and the Pirate House is close. We did a carriage ride for one of our tours and enjoyed that thoroughly. All in all, Savannah is a treasure trove of beauty and history, and the pass allows you to see it all, for one price, using your phone so the ticket is always handy. Best of all you save a ton of money. I calculated we saved $80, and we didn't even do alot of the museums. People were paying $75 per family for one tour, and we did three tours for $300, plus three museums, and that was less than half of what you could have done, but my kids didn't care about the historical homes, so we missed out. I recommend it!!
My family visited Charleston along with another family. Using the tour pass allowed us to have a thorough and enjoyable experience! We chose the 3 day option and did/saw a lot of things we might not have otherwise. I highly recommend it!
The Tour Pass was fabulous! Customer service was available and very helpful every time I needed them. Also there were attractions and tours on the pass that we never would have found without the pass. We saved over $150.00 with our 4 day pass. Great value...I strongly recommend purchasing the Tour Pass.
Excellent customer service, easy to use, worth the money
Buying this pass gave us a another reason look for ways to pack our visit with more things to see and do! There were tours and places to visit both inside the “Old Town” and in the immediate area, and things to enjoy in both great weather and inclement weather.
Our visit to Savannah was stress free due to the use of the Savannah Tour Pass. It allowed us to plan our itinerary for the places we wanted to see, prior to our arrival in the City. We took advantage of purchasing a three day Tour Pass, which provided us with three featured tours and unlimited walk ins of tours that were not on the featured list. We enjoyed the Historic Savannah Civil War tour, the Historic Homes tour, the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center, the Pinpoint Museum, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, the Savannah History Museum and so much more. The Tour Pass also provided us with a coupon, per person, for a free ice pop at the Savannah Ice Pop Shop. We found that purchasing one Tour Pass saved us money on the price of individual ticket purchases for all of the other attractions that we visited. It was a grand way of visiting a city we had never been in.
Really loved the convenience and excellent choices fthis tour pass offers. We felt we really had a great deal. We are the type that would bypass attractions that charged entrance fees. With this pass we were able to enjoy many attractions we would have passed over guilt free.
The Charleston Tour pass greatly enhanced our visit. We were easily able to reserve spots at the featured tours and when we arrived we just showed our ce ll phone. Could not have been easier. Also at the walk in sites it was just as easy.I highly recommend this pass, not only to save some money but to also save time at all the sites. The map feature also helped us to find our way around.
We purchased the 3-day pass and saved about $100 per individual. We did a number of things we wouldn't have normally done and were pleasantly surprised. The speedboat adventure tour was a big hit with my husband, and something we would have not of thought of to do on our own. We had no problem using the app. Highly recommend!