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.

COVID-19 policies updated 3/1/2022

CML has continued to work hard to ensure that our exhibit experiences are as clean and safe as possible. With best practice COVID-19 protocols still in place, we are welcoming guests with these important changes effective March 3, 2022:

  • Face coverings (masks, gaiters, or shields) will be recommended but not required for all indoor spaces at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
  • All CML staff will continue to wear face coverings when interacting with the public to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, especially to unvaccinated young children.
  • Frequent handwashing or sanitizing is encouraged throughout the building.
  • CML strongly encourages masking at all floor programs when children are in close proximity to each other. Masks will be available for all children in attendance.
  • Harassment of any visitor or staff member for either wearing, or not wearing, a face covering will not be tolerated. Visitors who behave in an aggressive or harassing manner will be asked to leave the premises. No refunds will be offered.
  • This policy change is based on guidance from the CDC that places Charleston County, SC in the ‘medium’ range for risk of COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization needs. Should the range change, CML will revert to a mask-required status immediately.
  • CML continues to use nontoxic, hospital-grade cleaner to frequently clean all spaces. We also employ UV light sanitizing wands and sanitizing air filtering systems. Health, safety, and prevention of communicable disease remains a priority.
  • We are a private, nonprofit organization and reserve the right to alter policies to best serve our constituents.


Admission to the Museum is free for children under 12-months-old, $13 for SC Residents and $15 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.

Please Note:
– Adults must remain with their children at all times.
– We all love our pets, but CML is only able to welcome trained service animals to the museum.

Hint: Everyone can PLAY at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry:
-All Day, Any Day for $2: Show your EBT, WIC or SNAP Card to receive one day admission for up to 6 people for just $2!

– Anytime, All Year Long for $14: Families with EBT or SNAP are eligible to receive unlimited museum admission and special discounts for one year for just $14! To learn more, click here.

– Come for Free! Any Charleston County resident can check out a membership card at a local library branch to receive unlimited admission for up to 6 people in the same household for one week!

Interested in giving the gift of play? CML offers gift certificates that can be used for admission, 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 Katrina at 843.853.8962 x231 or katrina@exploreCML.org.


Restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome.

Accessibility kits are available for use while visiting CML and include noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, colored glasses, weighted lap mats, fidget toys, liquid timers and a visual scheduler. Check out a kit for free 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.

We have an app made just for visiting the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry! The app, ExploreCML, is designed specifically for children with autism and their families, but may be useful to all families! The app includes photos and social guides to show what to expect in each exhibit, a scheduler to plan your time in the Museum, communication tools and more.


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.

Your Comfortable Clothes

CML hosts a full Art Room and many interactive rooms. While we have smocks 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.


The City provides a number of metered parking spaces around the Museum for $2/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 or credit card 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: Look for themed books in each interactive – perfect for quiet time!