COVID-19 Response - Reopening

Updated April 12, 2021

During this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for history education and immersion has never been greater. The Powder Magazine is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the museum. We are taking necessary precautions to create a clean, comfortable, and enjoyable visit. Whether you are returning or visiting our museum for the first time, we are working to ensure safety.

In line with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the State Guidelines for Reopening Attractions, the Powder Magazine will outline changes to our procedures, policies, operations, as well as what you can do to help.

Please check back for updates.

Visiting the Museum:

For your safety, our new policies will be displayed in multiple places, including on the entrance gate. Please recognize that attendance is at your discretion. We ask any visitors who feel unwell or have a fever to please stay home.

  • Face coverings/masks are required for staff and visitors, both inside the museum and in our outdoor space. This is in accordance with the City of Charleston face mask ordinance.

  • Social distancing will be enforced – parties that are not visiting together should maintain six feet or more separation from other parties.

  • Museum attendance will be limited to 12 people at a time. If your group is larger, please contact us before visiting.

  • A hand sanitizing station has been implemented at the point of sale.

  • We have increased sanitation for all public areas and surfaces.

  • Interactive elements have been reopened with increased sanitation.

  • Our gift shop is currently reduced and being operated from the outdoor cannon yard.

  • While we still welcome cash transactions, we prefer credit. Credit card transactions will proceed as normal.

Continue to follow recommended procedures from the CDC. This includes washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing and/or sneezing into a tissue, wearing a face mask, and staying home except for essential outings.

Hours of Operation:

The Powder Magazine will retain its normal hours: Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. The last admission will be sold at 3:40pm every day to allow for end-of-day sanitation.

How Can You Help The Powder Magazine?
We appreciate your continued support and your understanding as we all navigate these extraordinary and challenging times.