Ahoy maties! Are your sea legs ready because the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum certainly is! This Savannah 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!
$7 for children through to college (with ID)
$7 for seniors & military
5 years of age
The museum is arranged for self-guided tours, and plan to spend at least one hour on the site.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Closed major holidays, but open all year around.
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