Old Exchange 04/05/18

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon on East Bay Street is a historic landmark and museum run by the Daughters of the American Revolution. file/Leroy Burnell/staff

Various South Carolina museums and historic sites are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine's annual free admission day Saturday, with at least five attractions in the Charleston and Georgetown areas taking part.

Sites around Charleston are Drayton Hall, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and the Powder Magazine.

In Georgetown, sites are the Rice Museum and the Georgetown County Museum.

Visitors first log on to a Smithsonian Web site to download a free pass that will qualify them and another person for one day's free visit.

More than 1,200 museums across the country are taking part in the national event.

Last year, between 50 and 100 people took part in the program with a visit to Drayton Hall, said Kristine Morris, communications director at the historic plantation on S.C. Highway 61. She expects about the same number of people this year.

The benefit of the program is that it allows the site to share some of its history with those who otherwise might not visit, Morris said. It is also a chance to speak to people about memberships in the Drayton Hall program, she said.