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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Savannah

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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
41 M.L. King Boulevard
Savannah
GA
31401
Tel: 912 232 1511

Directions

Located in the historic downtown district in Savannah, just one block west of City Market, at 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Parking is free (yay!) in the museum's parking lot on the south side of the building.

Where are we going today?

Ahoy maties! Are your sea legs ready because the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum certainly is! This Atlanta museum is great for any kids and families who love all things maritime. From the ocean, the history, and the stories from maritimes past...it's all here in these exhibits.

Since 1966, this museum has been showing families maritime antiques, paintings, ships models, and other artifacts which predominately revolve around the era of Atlantic trade and travel, which happened between America and England during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The museum's building itself is worth a look when you arrive. It was originally built as a home for William Scarborough, who was the president of the Savannah Steamship Company - see, history starts before you even walk through the door! 

The collection of ship's models were actually commissioned by the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in order to interpret the history so it's easier for visitors to imagine history happening right in front of their eyes. And it really helps! The models have the most incredible attention to detail. Kids - take a good look - can you see all of the ropes and intricacies?

The adventure doesn't just stop inside. The gardens at the museum are a great place to break up your visit through the collections, or just to sit and enjoy the largest private gardens in Savannah. Pretty impressive!

So grab those captains hats and full steam ahead to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum - ahoy all sailors, and get ready to set sail! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8.50
  • Children$6.50 student
  • Free Under: 5 years of age
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Closed major holidays, but open all year around.

Teachers corner

For guided tours for your group of more than 10, they can offer you guided tours but reserve in advance. There are classes on various exciting topics too - including women pirates! Arrrr.

Any Top Tips?

The museum put on some pretty fun events, like the music festival, so keep an eye out for the diary and make sure you make a plan to visit your favorite! .

Doing our bit

The museum is dedicated to the maritime history relating to Savannah, so it continues it's research in collecting donations and artifacts to ensure it preserves it's mission to the city. .

Need a little extra help?

The museum has limited disability accessibility. The gardens and pavilion are accessible, and 4 handicap spaces in the parking lot. Restrooms are also accessible. When you arrive, ask about what galleries are accessible for you. .

Can I get one of those?

You betcha there is a gift shop! There is a large collection of books so the kids can keep learning about maritime life and history, and of course lots of gifts related to the maritime theme. There is something for all ages! .

More information

The museum is arranged for self-guided tours, and plan to spend at least one hour on the site..

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    Great place to go for a 4th grade field trip. The Mermaid will immediately initiate puberty or a Naval career.

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    Lexi Hass, an 11-year-old girl from Charlotte, N.C., has a disease called Kernicterus, which is caused by high levels of bilirubin and causes neurological complications. Haas suffers from an induced brain dysfunction that has left her physically disabled and bound to a wheelchair. The girl’s family visited Savanna, Ga., last weekend, where they hoped to visit the Ships of the Sea Museum on Sunday. After carrying his daughter’s wheelchair up a flight of stairs to the museum entrance, the family was told that the girl could not come in because...Read More

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    My son spent his life in a wheelchair. I wouldn't dirty his wheelchair with your carpets. You people are the kind of Southern morons I grew up with. I wonder if there's a political party dumb enough to have you...

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    Garden/s & the museum were great ... very well done & lots of information!

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    Had my wedding there. Tony and staff were very professional and worked hard to make our event happen the way we wished. Beautiful building / setting for any event and lovely museum. A Savannah gem!

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Lexi Hass, an 11-year-old girl from Charlotte, N.C., has a disease called Kernicterus, which is caused by high levels of bilirubin and causes neurological complications. Haas suffers from an induced brain dysfunction that has left her physically disabled and bound to a wheelchair. The girl’s family visited Savanna, Ga., last weekend, where they hoped to visit the Ships of the Sea Museum on Sunday. After carrying his daughter’s wheelchair up a flight of stairs to the museum entrance, the family was told that the girl could not come in because the wheelchair would “get the carpets dirty.” SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN OR FIRE THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT...

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