Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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HHI24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
love the new museum it does a great job of explaining the Civil war involvement – unfortunately the last we went (over 10+ years) the Ranger did a tour and explained the site that was very informative and was better than just reading the boarder. Ranger Andy did a good job with the kids during the lowering of the colors. If you have time highly recommend going to Fort Pulaski in Savannah very similar fort structure in much better conditions
Written 11 March 2023
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Liz H
Atascocita, TX9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We stopped by after out Ft Sumter tour and I think it would have been better if we went their first. Well don’t history time line of civil war events. Great views of the river. The stairs in front of the building look intimidating for someone with mobility issues but there is an elevator behind the stairs.
Written 7 February 2020
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terry h
Birmingham, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Visited the museum and found it very interesting , then of course a boat trip out to Fort Sumter where the American civil war first started. The people of South Carolina are wonderful, welcoming , friendly . Charleston is a lovely place with lovely people.
Written 6 March 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I visited the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in June 2021 during my visit to Charleston. It has a museum on the history of the events leading up to the attack on Fort Sumter. The boat tour of Fort Sumter departs from near here. There also was a nice gift and souvenir shop.
Written 28 June 2021
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Sarah B
DeLand, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I took my two high school exchange girls from Europe to Charleston. We took the ferry out to Ft. Sumter and I highly recommend it for its historical value and awareness of how things can go badly wrong really quickly. But also that the war was set in motion decades before with many poor decisions. I know history fairly well, but I learned much.
Written 22 October 2022
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FLGirl47
Sarasota, FL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stopped in on our way to a harbor tour so we could learn about the fort before seeing it from the water. We didn't have enough time to do it right, but got what we needed. Unfortunately, we didn't get to view the fort because of a huge storm. Captain had to turn around because of poor visibility.
Written 4 September 2022
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1GiantsMS
Redwood City, CA1,149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This building is impressive inside and out. Lots of information about Fort Sumter and events leading up to the Civil War conflict. The gift shop is full of interesting articles related to Charleston and the Civil War. Purchased a couple of softcover books and pins.
Written 5 June 2022
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Frank C
Sarasota, FL415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Up on Second floor, but there is an Elevator. Great display, books, photos, artifacts. Rangers very helpful answering all the questions, even the dumb one's. Can easily spend one hour here. Restrooms clean. Uber right at Liberty Square entry, if needed. Many great artifacts and Historical stories of Fact. Not really a place for little kids, they get bored in two minutes.
Written 22 August 2022
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edge8400
Valrico, FL485 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very nice facility. Provides a great scenic view of the river with USS Yorktown in the distance as well as a view of the new river bridge

Very nice and informative exhibits inside. Place was clean and staff very courteous.
Written 26 June 2021
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R M
Michigan44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The visitor education center and Fort Sumter are well worth a visit. Lots of historical significance.

Spend an hour or so in the education center PRIOR to your boat ride to the fort. The background will add more perspective, and interest, to the actual fort tour.

About 20 minutes before the scheduled boarding (the boat will still be coming back from the fort with the previous guests), make sure to get in line outside. This will insure that you get one of the deck seats on the rail which will provide the best view and a nice breeze.

Sit on the starboard (right) side of the boat when departing for the fort. This will give you the best view of the Charleston shoreline.

The whole trip, including visitor center, will take about 4 hours. The center is right next to the aquarium. If you take one of the earlier trips to Fort Sumter, you will have time to spend a couple of hours at the aquarium.
Written 8 June 2015
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