• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    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 »

Guided Tours

Fort Sumter
Guided tours are generally not available at Fort Sumter. With each arriving tour boat, visitors may listen to a 10-minute ranger history talk before beginning their self-guiding tour or they may use their entire hour to explore on their own. National Park Rangers and volunteers are available to answer questions.

For group reservations for the Fort Sumter tour boat, please see the school group section.


Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie is available year-round for a self-guided tour. Check in at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center upon arrival to get a park brochure and orientation.

From September through May, school groups of up to 45 may schedule a guided tour by calling (843) 883-3123 x 20. Larger groups can take a self-guided tour by making a reservation. Please call well in advance to ensure availability.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC