Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 am-4:00 pm.

Charleston's Harborside House Museum

View from the Edmondston-Alston House

A History of Two Families & A City

Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. Constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838, the house was ideally situated to provide a vantage point from which General P.G.T. Beauregard could observe the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.

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The interior of the Edmondston-Alston House
The library at the Edmondston-Alston House

Enjoy a Tour

Explore the house’s public rooms and piazzas, focusing on its Federal and Greek Revival design and its vast collection of family silver, decorative arts, and furniture.

Self-Guided and Guided Tours are Offered:

Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Beginning Sunday, July 5: Closed on Sundays and Mondays until further notice.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Hours are subject to change. Please call 843-722-7171 to confirm times.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $15
Student, Ages 14+ with Student ID: $10
Child, Ages 6-13: $10

Please Note: Credit/Debit Cards only will be accepted across the property. No Cash.

Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House Combination tickets available. Click here for more info and to purchase.

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Wearing a face covering is required for guests while touring the Edmondston-Alston House. A limited number of masks are available, if possible, provide your own.


The safety and health of employees and visitors is the number one priority. We have increased safety guidelines including frequent disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, limiting occupancy, providing low contact entry and providing hand sanitizer for visitor and employee use. No public restrooms are available at this time.

The Edmondston-Alston House can only remain open to the public if visitors follow the CDC recommended guidelines including:

  • Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • Use social distancing and maintain at least six feet of separation from other visitors and staff.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

May 27, 2021
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Wine on the Piazza – Edmondston Alston House

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston House followed by a glass of wine on the second story piazza overlooking Charleston Harbor.  Entry times are staggered to allow for social distancing.   Please select your desired entry time here: 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm...

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Details at the Edmondston-Alston House
Details at the Edmondston-Alston House

More Tour Options

The Private Tour

Enjoy one-on-one interaction with an experienced guide. Available by appointment.

60-Minute Tours

60-minute tours provide a deeper dive into the house's history, architecture, and collections, as well as relevant Charleston and U.S. history. Perfect for avid historians and architecture buffs. Available by appointment.

Private Events

Enjoy cocktails or dinner on the second-floor piazza with its unmatched view of the Charleston Harbor. Call for details.

Tour of the Charleston Battery

Pineapple Tour Group offers a 60-minute guided tour of Charleston’s Battery, that concludes with a tour of the Edmondston-Alston House. Learn about the history of the city as well as the extended Alston family. Visit the Pineapple Tour Group’s website for more information.

Tour options must be reserved in advance. Call 843-722-7171 for additional information.

Middleton Place & Edmondston‑Alston House Combination Ticket

Explore two historic icons for one great price. Admission includes a group tour of Edmondston-Alston House and general admission to Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark. Admission to Middleton Place includes access to 65 acres of landscaped gardens, the House Museum, a look at 18th and 19th century plantation life with costumed craftspeople and historic animal breeds in the Stableyards as well as complimentary guided walking tours.

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Middleton Place
The House Museum at Middleton Place

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