about cml

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of PLAY.


Admission to the Museum is FREE for CML Members and children under 12-months-old, $10 for SC Residents and $12 for non-SC Residents. Your admission grants you access in and out of the Museum all day.

Military personnel and Educators, along with their families, receive 10% off CML Memberships and Admission. A valid military ID or educator employer ID must be presented to receive the discount.

Hint: Instead of paying each time you come, why not sign up for a membership? You get year-round admission for the price of just three visits! You will also receive discounts on CML camps, birthday parties and special events!

Hint: Charleston County Public Library members can check out a family pass which may be used to receive free admission into CML for a family of up to six people within the same household for a period of seven days.

CML is proud to be a part of Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. This program enables families with limited financial resources to visit CML year-round for $1 admission per family of up to six people with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. No reservation is required. Please visit our Donate page to donate to our Museums for All initiative.

Interested in giving the gift of play? In addition to gift memberships, CML also offers gift certificates that can be used for admission, memembership, classes and birthday parties. These gift certificates come in any amount and can be purchased over the phone, then mailed to either you or directly to the gift recipient. To purchase a gift certificate, contact Simone at 843.853.8962 x224 or simone@exploreCML.org


CML offers a variety of snacks to cure those mid-morning and mid-afternoon cravings. From Cheese Its to Yogurt to Dippin Dots, we have your snacks covered.

Hint: You can always pack a lunch and eat outside at a picnic table in the CML Garden! There are also a number of delicious restaurants within walking distance, including:  Crooked Crown ($1 off with CML sticker!), Fish RestaurantCupcake, and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Your Comfortable Clothes

CML hosts a full Art Room and an interactive water room. While we have smocks for both rooms and our paint is washable, you may want to leave your Sunday’s best at home…

Museum Photography and Videography Policy

CML routinely takes images and video for use by new media as well as in marketing and promotional materials and on CML’s web and social media platforms. Please be advised that promotional images, video and audio may be captured during your visit to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Entrance to the Museum constitutes acceptance of this policy. If your likeness cannot be used for CML promotional purposes, please alert the CML Front Desk staff upon arrival.

Group Visits

Perfect for PLAY dates, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, camps, preschools, day cares, home schoolers and family reunions!

For a discounted rate of $7 for SC Residents ($9/non-SC Residents), schedule your group visit of 15 more more in advance. A credit card is needed to hold your reservation. A 1:5 grown-up to child ratio is required.

If you are a school group, please click here to learn more about CML field trips.


Restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome. A limited number of child-size, noise-reducing headphones are available for loan at the Front Desk.

Your Museum sticker allows for same day re-entry. If you need to leave CML, you are welcome to come back later in the day with your Museum sticker. If your child has difficulty with transitions, consider visiting towards the end of the day. CML staff make multiple announcements prior to the Museum closing at 5:00pm.

CML is typically quieter during school weekday afternoons. The Kids’ Garden is usually a quiet spot and has picnic tables.

CML is open before hours from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for children with special needs and their families to visit the Museum for FREE. Children are able to explore and PLAY in the Museum without the crowds and over-stimulation. For more information, visit the SuperStars page.


The City provides a number of metered parking spaces around the Museum for $0.75/hour. No cash, no worries! There is an ATM located across the street from the Museum. We also accept all major credit cards.

Hint: The meters accept change for up to two hours at a time – and the meter maids around town take their jobs very seriously!

The Visitor’s Center Parking Garage and the Camden/Exchange Parking Garage are located near the Museum. The garages cost $2.00/hour and accept cash and credit cards.


The Museum has nine hands-on interactives that are sure to keep you and your family entertained for hours. The museum is self-guided and encourages family interaction and imagination.

Don’t miss the our 3D mural in the Lobby! CML hosted internationally renowned graffiti artist, Sergio Odeith, in October 2015 as he painted this 3D mural for the Lobby. CML’s mural is one of four Odeith has painted in the city of Charleston. Odeith, originally from Portugal and currently based in Lisbon, was recognized in 2005 for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted in different surfaces, such as 90º corners or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect. Get inside the painting! Stand inside the art of Odeith and be photographed balancing what appears to be a giant, 3D cube!


Hint: We suggest starting in the Art Room, that way all masterpieces can dry before it is time to go home.

Hint: Looked for themed books in each interactive – perfect for quiet time!