• 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 »

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Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center
(340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Located at Liberty Square, the museum exhibits tell the story of growing sectionalism and strife between the North and the South, and how these problems ultimately erupted at Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War. This site is also the primary departure point for tour boats heading to Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter
(Accessible by Boat Only)
The Fort Sumter museum exhibits tell the story of the construction of the fort and island, the events leading to the April 12-13, 1861 battle, and the subsequent bombardment and reduction of Fort Sumter by artillery later in the war. The exhibits bring the history of the fort up to modern times. A small bookstore offers interpretive items relating to Fort Sumter's history. The rest of the site is primarily outdoors.

Fort Moultrie Visitor Center
(1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482)
Museum exhibits at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, trace the story of American seacoast defenses from 1776-1947. A 22-minute orientation film is offered on the hour and half-hour from 9:00 a.m. with the last film starting at 4:30 p.m. A bookstore offers interpretive items relating to Fort Moultrie's history. The rest of the site is primarily outdoors.

Did You Know?

A portion of the 33-star United States flag, also known as the Fort Sumter garrison flag

On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC