• 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 »

Things To Do

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are incredible historic sites that tell a story of centuries of defense in the United States. From self-guiding to ranger-led tours, opportunities to learn about these sites are available for visitors of all ages!

While visiting the parks please remember that these are commemorative areas set aside by the American people to remember the sacrifices that were made here; recreational activities are limited.


Outdoor Activities
Explore options for outdoor experiences at Fort Sumter National Monument units throughout the Charleston area.


Indoor Activities
Explore the several visitor centers and museums at Fort Sumter National Monument units throughout the Charleston area.


Guided Tours
Learn about opportunities for guided experiences at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC