No Elevator Serivce at Fort Sumter
The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »
No Water or Restrooms at Fort Sumter
Due to a break in the Charleston water line supplying Fort Sumter, restrooms and drinking water are not available at the fort. Please bring drinking water with you if you plan to visit. Water and restrooms are available aboard the ferries.
Academic Fee Waiver Application
Applying for a Fee Waiver
Part 1: Eligibility
Applicants must prove that they are a bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following:
a. A statement confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or
b. A statement from a bona fide academic institution, confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable educational credit based on a curriculum; or
c. A statement of accreditation or recognition as an academic institution from a recognized national, regional, state or local authority at the applicant's location.
Part 2: Educational Purpose of Visit
Please use this sample letter to submit the required information using your academic institution's letterhead. There must be a direct relationship between the visit purpose and the use of the park. A general statement to the effect that the visit is for "educational purposes" is insufficient by itself.
Part 3: Planning Your Visit
Call the park at (843) 883-3123 to schedule your field trip early. Fee waiver requests must be submitted to the park a minimum of three weeks before planned visit. This information will be needed for your fee waiver application. We make every effort to accommodate educational groups but time slots do fill up, especially in the spring.
Once parts 1-3 are completed, please mail or fax both parts of your application to the following address. Allow at least three weeks for the approval process.
Fort Moultrie - a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument
Protecting the Park and Students
At a minimum one chaperone per 10 children is required to ensure the safety of the students and to protect the historic resources.
Review the following rules and safety precautions with students and chaperones to ensure they will know what is expected of them.
Things to Remember about Fee Waivers
If your waiver request is approved, you will receive an academic fee waiver. The group leader should present a copy of the approved fee waiver upon checking in at the visitor center.
If your request is denied, you will receive a letter from the park explaining why your group does not qualify.
The National Park Service is guided by the following regulations in the administration of academic fee waivers:
Did You Know?
Fort Sumter National Monument has one of the best collections of 19th century seacoast artillery anywhere in the United States. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC