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 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 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: www.beaufortsc.org
The Santa Elena History Center, view from Bay Street.