South Carolina Historical Society

With 350 years of state history comprised in rare books, manuscripts, and visual materials, the South Carolina Historical Society is the state’s largest and oldest private archive as well as a modern historical museum.

Founded in 1855, the organization’s preservation, exploration, and interpretation of the state’s historical legacy continues to benefit generations of learners. Its mission is “to expand, preserve and make accessible our collection; to improve knowledge of and encourage focus, interest and pride in the history of our state.”


The Fireproof Building
The newly remodeled, repurposed Fireproof Building is the home of the Historical Society headquarters.

The National Historic Landmark houses a new, state-of-the art museum with interactive exhibits that showcase South Carolina history, culture, and arts. Designed by Robert Mills and constructed between 1822 and 1827, the Fireproof Building is believed to be the first of its kind constructed in the United States.


Immerse Yourself in the History of South Carolina

An architectural treasure in its own right, the South Carolina Historical Society Museum is housed in a National Historic Landmark building and features interactive exhibits on the people, places, and movements that shaped the state and nation.
Tickets can be purchased on-site or online.
Children 5 years and under: FREE.
Tickets are valid for two consecutive days up to one year from the date of purchase.
The museum is self-guided.
Group rates are available; please email our Museum Coordinator or call 843-723-3225, ext. 113, for more information.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $12                     Senior (60+): $10           Military: $10          Students: $10

Non-S.C. Educators: $10                       Youth: $8               S.C. Educators: Free             

Children 5 years old and younger: Free


The Archives

The nationally renowned collections contain records of the lives, passions, struggles, and viewpoints of South Carolinians from the colonial era to the present.

Hundreds of researchers come from around the world each year to use the collections. The Historical Society archives are housed in the Special Collections area of the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library.


Visit Our Website at schistory.org


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