Arts & Museums
Fort Sumter National Monument
340 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843 577 0242
Although the brick building is named Fort Sumter National Monument, it is actually the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
. Located next to the South Carolina Aquarium
, it features interactive exhibits and displays that detail the causes of, and beginning of, the Civil War with the Battle of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861. Park Rangers monitor the museum and will gladly answer questions. There is a bookstore that sells patches, souvenirs, replicas, guidebooks and other memorabilia. Admission to the Education Center is free; however, there is a charge for the ferry boat to Fort Sumter. Tickets can be purchased at the bookstore. There is an elevator behind the front steps for disabled access. Parking is in the tiered city parking building (per hour) or on the street at metered spots. The Education Center is closed on New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Visit the website for precise timings.