Beat the Savannah heat by spending time inside cool indoor museums, or enjoy the sunshine by wandering around Savannah's outdoor museums. Either way, you'll learn something new and see places you've never seen before -- the perfect recipe for an eye-opening Savannah adventure.
Visiting the Davenport House is essential in experiencing the history of Savannah and its historic preservation renaissance. This 1820 Federal-style dwelling was built by Isaiah Davenport and his crew for his growing household. The Davenport House is one of the oldest brick structures in the city, and its furnishings and artifacts display a glimpse of home life in the 1800s.
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the civil rights movement in the city and offers programs such as lectures, workshops and special events. It is housed in the historic First African Baptist Church and contains a collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and multimedia presentations that tell the story of Savannah's African American community. The museum also serves as a center for research, activism and education.
This outdoor museum features over a dozen exhibits designed to expand the imaginations of children including an exploration maze, a reading nook and a sensory garden. Check out the video above to see how you and your kids can experience the Savannah Children's Museum.
The Jepson Center for the Arts opened to the public in 2006, and features over 7,500 square feet of gallery space for major traveling exhibitions of contemporary art and installations of works from the permanent collection. The immersive addition of the Telfair Children's Art Museum will be a welcome reprive for your little ones as they discover their inner Picasso's. The museum's modern architecture was built with ADA standards in mind, allowing everyone access to cool off before the next stop.
Experience the Gullah/Geechee culture first hand. Explore the refurbished museum complex and experience multimedia presentations, exciting exhibits and unparalleled views of the marsh. Learn more about Pin Point Heritage Museum first-hand from the museum's historical interpreter and Pin Point native, Gail Smith, in our in-depth podcast interview or this quick video about how this culture is an important pillar of Savannah's African American history.
The Andrew Low House Museum is a historically significant 1840s home located across the beautiful Lafayette Square from the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. It is open to the public and showcases a unique collection of furniture, paintings, glass, and other decorative arts. The house also features a tranquil garden and courtyard, as well as the original carriage house that served as the first headquarters of the Girl Scouts. Come and explore the captivating history of this treasured home in Savannah.
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers many opportunities for responsible handling of artifacts and marine creatures. Touch fiddler crabs, horseshoe crabs and hermit crabs in the center’s Touch Tank. Beach and marsh nature tours are led by marine scientists who will teach you about Tybee Island ecology.
Bring the whole family to the Georgia State Railroad Museum to explore historic railcars firsthand. Hop on board a historic steam or diesel locomotive for a fun and educational site tour. History is way more fun when you can take it for a ride!
Beautifully displaying the legacy of the brave men and women of the Eighth Air Force and their contributions to victory in the Second World War is National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. The museum features an impressive variety of artifacts, photographs and interactive displays that chronicle the history and accomplishments of the Eighth Air Force and is also known for hosting events, educational programs and guided tours.
Graveface Museum is a "unique" art gallery that showcases the works of local and international artists. Housed in a historic building from the 1800s, the museum features various exhibitions and installations centered around true crime, secret societies and more. From horror-themed pinball machines and sci-fi to music and toys, visitors to the museum can explore a range of topics in an immersive and interactive way. It's a hair-raising experience that will stay with you long after your visit.