Plan Your Visit (HOLD)

Visit our Main Exhibit

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 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays, Mondays, and some holidays

Tickets:  Admissions to the main exhibit, 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, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 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.