This state-of-the-art center is the primary ferry departure facility for visiting Fort Sumter. Located in Liberty Square, the center offers interpretive and visual exhibits on the events leading up to the start of the Civil War with the bombardment of Fort Sumter. National Park Service rangers and volunteers will answer questions and help you achieve a better understanding of the causes of the Civil War, why it began at Fort Sumter and what happened during the war. National Park Passport cancellations are available in the bookstore.
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Coastal & Islands
340 Concord ST,
Charleston, SC 29401
Info & Amenities
From U.S. 17, take the East Bay Street exit. Follow East Bay south to Calhoun Street and turn left. The visitor center is straight ahead with parking in the garage on the left.
Free; separate admission charged for Fort Sumter boat tour
Days and Hours of Operation
Visitor Center: Daily 8:30am-5pm
Days and Holidays Closed
New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas