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Go Down Memory Lane: Top Museums to Visit in Savannah

ERA Evergreen
Aug 19 6 minutes read

A pandora box full of history and secrets-- that's probably the best way to describe the oldest city in the state of Georgia, our Savannah.

In traveling to a new place or area, vacationers often go the usual route: food, tourist spots, and hotels and beaches. But to get to know a city, one must look beyond the surface.

Go down memory lane and visit these top museums in Savannah. By exploring its history, you'll see why it's arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the state.

Webb Military Museum

411 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401

A quaint museum that highlights and honors our heroes in uniform, from all wars and branches, honoring their stories and sacrifices to ensure our freedom and safety.

Webb Military Museum is run by Gary Webb, who personally entertains guests and visitors, with the museum's memorabilia and displays coming from his collection that he started gathering over 40 years ago. Visit this well-loved gallery and appreciate the featured military artifacts from the American Civil War to Desert Storm. Leave this place with a rekindled love for our history and our country.

PinPoint Heritage Museum

9924 Pin Point Ave, Savannah, GA 31406

The Gullah/Geechee culture, as known by many, plays a big part in the history of Savannah. PinPoint Heritage Museum starts your journey with a documentary of how these brave African Americans fought and survived slavery and made a living out of Lowcountry seafood. Afterward, a guided tour is commenced, immersing visitors to the Gullah Geechee heritage while exploring the beautifully-restored site. 

Grab this opportunity to experience a way of life that is slowly vanishing from the American scene, and witness a community that held strongly to its roots during and after the era of slavery.

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc.

460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

Go through the timeline of Civil Rights History that began in 1865 at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. The center captures the Civil Rights movement and how the Father of modern Civil Rights movement in Savannah, Reverend Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, and his courageous leadership, surpassed the struggles of Georgia's oldest African-American community from slavery to the present.

Another small museum packed with history and head-shaking realizations. Witness the story of how segregation was brought to an end and be inspired to change for the better.

American Prohibition Museum

209 W Saint Julian St, Savannah, GA 31401

A museum dedicated to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States--how crazy does that sound?

Experience a whole new take on the prohibition of alcohol in America by dropping by the American Prohibition Museum. Go through the timeline of events that transpired, which started and ended the ban on alcohol. From the Anti-Saloon League in 1893 to the Great Repeal in 1933, this unique museum discusses in detail how alcohol has affected our history and our laws, with a speakeasy at the end of the self-guided tour. Bottoms up!

Old Fort Jackson

1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404

Visit the state's oldest remaining fort that dates back to 1808, Fort Jackson!

A time capsule full of interactive exhibits and activities for everyone, Old Fort Jackson is a phenomenal representation of what military life was like during the olden days. Watch a powerful cannon fire during your riverboat tour and enjoy some war re-enactments from their lovely staff; this historic landmark is dutifully preserved and should be a part of your bucket list when you travel to Savannah!

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401

Relive the complicated relationship between the most and least powerful people in Savannah by visiting this beautiful Regency-style mansion built in 1819, the Owens-Thomas House. 

Only a seven-minute walk from Telfair Museums’ other two sites, this historic home offers a completely different experience with its guided tours and explore period rooms full of beautiful decorative arts, fun, and interactive exhibits and memorable spaces brimming of history.

Learn about the free and enslaved who lived and worked on this site more than 200 years ago.

Massie Heritage Center

207 E Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401

What better way to discover and understand Savannah than to visit the Massie Heritage Center and give yourself a serious "Savannah Education"?

From their 3D model of the city's entire Historic District to their six informative exhibit rooms discussing Savannah's many architectural styles and facts about early Savannah, this center showcases the rich cultural heritage of Savannah, and how it has developed to a powerful city that it is to date.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401

Located in the Tricentennial Park is Georgia's most beautiful national historic landmark--the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

Previously the Central of Georgia Railway, this museum gives you the chance to explore historic railcars and see an actual working turntable. Go on a guided tour for an enhanced experience. Don't miss the train schedule for a ride through the whole facility. Truly something exciting for the young and old!

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