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Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center

Closed Now: 09:30 - 16:00
Open today: 09:30 - 16:00
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Interesting and worth the trip.

Lots of information about Fort Sumter and the area. We didn't take the ferry out to the site but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bob L
College Station, Texas
A must see !

This is an excellent display of historic photos and description of American history in this area... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401-1530
+1 843-883-3123
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All reviews civil war boat ride while waiting for the ferry interesting displays original flag events leading up american flag the national park service a small gift shop history buff nice museum lots of history liberty square worth a stop on display great history harbor tour
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of information about Fort Sumter and the area. We didn't take the ferry out to the site but enjoyed the visitor center.

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an excellent display of historic photos and description of American history in this area. Park staff were excellent in their presentation.

Thank CS P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors center is a small area but packed with historical reference and education. It provides, maybe somewhat surprisingly, an unbiased account of events as they led up to the Civil War and how Fort Sumter was involved in the war. There is a bunch...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you already know the story or don't remember much from your history books, the Visitor Education Center gives a very thorough accounting of this time as well as the importance of Ft. Sumter and Charleston. Don't visit Ft. Sumter without going to the visitor...More

Thank Jerseytraveler08540
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upon the advice of others, we allotted one hour to tour the visitors center BEFORE boarding the ferry to Fort Sumter. Excellent information arranged in several exhibits kept us engrossed the entire time. If you do not have time (or $$) for a trip out...More

Thank kosx4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was a very neat place & good history but not very big... Also I was with small children that wanted to play a little. They did no damage but a worker snipped at them.

Thank Ricky M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Fort Sumter National Monument Visitor Center is located in Liberty Square in Charleston. It is right beside the South Carolina Aquarium. There is on street metered parking as well as a very large parking garage across the street. While the building looks big from...More

Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Excellent small museum done very well was some great exhibits to get you ready for the boat to take you to the Fort

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The center is very interesting and thorough. The actual trip to Fort Sumter was really nice. The tour of Fort Sumter was tough because of the heat. If you go on the tour during hot months, take the morning option.

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Lots of great information that you won't find at the fort so if you're going there, give yourself enough time to start here first.

Thank GoldilocksMom
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16 June 2018|
Response from Susan F | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall if there were any pets on the ferry or at the fort. Check with the National Park Service.
2 October 2016|
Response from Andrea D | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot and ticket counter are located fairly close to the boat dock. I think the boat is handicapped accessible, but there may be parts of the fort that are not so accessible. We took the tour from Patriots Point... More
8 June 2016|
Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if this information is still of any use to you. I was not alerted to your question right away it seems. The cost of the ferry was $25 person per adult and I think a senior discount of $5 off that price. I'm... More