General Savannah History
Savannah History Museum
303 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard
For an overview of Savannah’s economic and cultural history, visit this small museum right next to the Visitor Information Center. Exhibits include the history of the cotton gin, developed near Savannah, and the achievements of Savannah musician Johnny Mercer and Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
Open daily, 9am-5:30pm. Adults $7, children $4.
Massie Heritage Center
207 East Gordon Street
This former school building on Calhoun Square is now repurposed as a center dedicated to Savannah’s architectural and city planning heritage and its preservation, to the history of the area’s original American Indian inhabitants, and to the story of the Massie School.
Open daily. Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm. Adults $8, seniors (63+) $7, children (5-17) $5, young children (1-4) $2.
Pin Point Heritage Museum
9924 Pin Point Avenue
One of Savannah’s highlights is the recently opened Pin Point Heritage Museum, located a little to the south of Savannah (though only a few minutes drive away).
This unique museum, set in the former factory of the AS Varn & Son Oyster Seafood Factory, reveals the history of the Pin Point seafood processing community and its Gullah-Geechee culture, primarily through oral history, film and indoor displays, and sometimes also through demonstrations of fishing craft techniques.
Open Thursday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. Adults $8, children (2-12) $4.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
460 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard
The small museum is devoted to the history of Savannah’s Civil Rights movement. Exhibits document experiences of the Civil Rights era and the achievements of Savannah’s activists.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Adults $8, seniors $6, children $4.
514 East Huntington Street
The King-Tisdell Cottage is a historic “gingerbread” cottage formerly owned by African-American entrepreneurs Eugene and Sarah King. Exhibits in this small museum tell the story of the Kings and the subsequent owner of the house, Robert Tisdell; of black life in Savannah and along the coast; and of the regional Gullah-Geechee culture.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm. Admission $7.
National Museum Of The Mighty Eighth Air Force
175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322
Located in Pooler, a little over 10 miles west of Savannah, but worth the drive, this museum explores the history of the WWII Eighth Air Force through exhibits including original aircraft and engines, models and interactive exhibits, and film.
Open daily, 9am-5pm. Adults $12, seniors/retired military/AAA $11, children (6-12)/active duty military $8, young children (0-5)/WWII veterans free.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
41 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard
This museum, appropriately located in the former residence of William Scarbrough, backer of the historic SS Savannah, explores Savannah’s maritime history, with nautical artifacts and paintings and scale models of famous ships.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Adults $9, seniors (65+)/children (6-18)/students/military $7, young children (0-5) free. (family ticket $21).
Savannah Races Museum
411 Abercorn Street
This micro-museum is devoted to the history of Savannah’s early-20th-century automobile races.
Savannah was once the home to the famous whatever races. The Savannah Races Museum, a micro museum devoted to this often forgotten aspect of the city’s history, might be interesting to people who like that sort of thing.
Open by appointment only. Admission $3. More details
Georgia State Railroad Museum
655 Louisville Road
This museum, near the Visitor Information Center, has a range of exhibits of railroad history, including several original locomotives and carriages. Short steam locomotive rides are also available.
Open daily, 9am-5pm. Adults $10, children (2-12) $6.
Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center
681 Fort Argyle Road
This museum, located a few miles southwest of Savannah, explores the history of the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal – built in the mid-19th century to stimulate Savannah’s export trade – and the natural history of the surrounding area.
The site as a whole comprises a half-mile section of restored canal, with brickwork and locks, and 200 acres of swamp and woodland with several miles of nature trails.
Open Friday-Monday: Friday and Monday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Adults $3, children (4-12) $1. Leashed pets welcome.