The historic district in Savannah is one of the most beautiful places in all of the world. That also makes it one of the best places to learn about history. Your team at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn hopes to help you plan your next vacation, so we compiled this list of Savannah museums for all ages.
Ships of the Sea – Maritime Museum
Founded in 1966, Ships of the Sea – Maritime Museum exhibits ship models, paintings and maritime antiques. Most of these are from the era of Atlantic trade and travel between England and America during the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection is housed in the home that was built for William Scarbrough. He was one of the owners of the Steamship Savannah and was president of the Savannah Steamship Company. Be sure to take in the Museum Garden, a delightful oasis.
This coastal park is home to the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Its museum contains Civil War artifacts, but also offers camping and picnicking facilities.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
The Georgia State Railroad Museum is housed in the former Central of Georgia Railway Roadhouse and Repair Shops Complex. Here you’ll find a collection of historic, restored rolling stock. You can learn about the history of railroading in the state of Georgia through a guided tour.
SCAD Museum of Art
Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the SCAD Museum of Art was founded in 2002. The museum has a collection of more than 4,500 pieces. The teaching museum welcomes visitors with an 86-foot tall steel and gas lantern. It redefines the city’s skyline.
Savannah Children’s Museum
The Savannah Children’s Museum is an outdoor venue, so be sure to pack your water and sunscreen. Designed to promote learning through play, Exploration Station is the first phase of the museum. There is programming available daily to integrate a richer educational experience for your family as well.
Girl Scout First Headquarters
The first Girl Scout Headquarters building was formerly the carriage house for Juliette Low’s adult home. It was willed to the Girl Scouts of Savannah upon her death in 1927. The headquarters now houses the Council’s archives.
Telfair Museums Jepson Center
The Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past. Opening to the public in 2006, the building features over 7,500 square feet of gallery space for contemporary art and installations of works for the permanent collection. It is a recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Davenport House Museum
This historic home, completed circa 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, marked the beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement. It has been restored to its early 19th century beauty, and is now owned and operated by the Historic Savannah Foundation.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
A specialty museum, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah. It was named for the early Civil Rights leader.
As you plan your trip to visit these Savannah museums for all ages, consider staying with us at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. Our historic bed and breakfast is located in Savannah, Georgia. We offer seasonal getaway packages and specials. Let us help you plan and book the perfect vacation to one of the South’s most historic cities. Read more on our Vacation Packages here.
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