Plan Your Visit

Santa Elena:  America’s Untold Story

Come tour the beautiful, historic building and Santa Elena exhibits at 1501 Bay Street in the beautiful downtown Historic and Cultural District of Beaufort!

Hours: The Santa Elena History Center and Museum Store are open:

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays, Mondays, and some holidays

Tickets:  Admissions to the main exhibit, “Santa Elena:  America’s Untold Story”, are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, $5.00 for children aged 7 to 17, and free for children under 7 years of age.  Active Duty Military, police and firefighters with ID are offered admission without charge.

Locals! Visit once and save your receipt — return anytime this year with out of town guests and receive free admission.

  • All programs are offered at no cost to the public.
  • Donations are welcome and appreciated!
  • Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.

Group Tours: There are a variety of exciting group programs available to enhance your visit to Beaufort and the History Center.

School Group Programs: These are a great way to extend learning outside the classroom and ensure that students learn the history of the area.

The Santa Elena History Center Experience:  Docents are available during all hours of operation to guide visitors through the building and tell more about the Santa Elena story.

NEW! Purchase a ticket at one of the following museums in downtown Beaufort and receive $1 off admission at the other two:
– Beaufort History Museum on Craven Street
– Verdier House Museum on Bay Street
– Santa Elena History Museum on Bay Street
Click here to read more about this collaboration.

The Heritage Library Beaufort Branch is open Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902
Telephone Number: (843) 379-1550

Parking: Parking lots are available across from the Center on North Street. Parallel parking is also available on Bladen and Bay Streets – all at no charge.

Buses: Buses may park in the parking lots across from the Center on North Street.

Accessibility: The Center is accessible for all visitors and meets ADA requirements. The ramp is located on Monson Street, and there is a doorbell to notify the docents.

In the area: Visitors to the Santa Elena History Center will find much to do in beautiful downtown Beaufort – shopping, dining, and many other dynamic activities are available. Visit the Beaufort Chamber website to learn more:

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The Santa Elena History Center, view from Bay Street.