Comfort Suites Historic District
630 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
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Arts & Museums
A collection of model ships and maritime paintings fills this museum dedicated to the sea. Even the building has a nautical history. The Scarborough House was built in 1819 for the president of the Savannah Steamship Company, who was responsible for building the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. A model of the Savannah is on display, as is one of a sinking Titanic and many more ships. Be sure to stroll through the beautiful garden.
Art lovers and novices alike will thrill to the interpretive works of this fine local artisan. The innovative selections at the A.T. Hun showroom offer many glimpses into the life of low country denizens, but also reflect an impressive range of influences. The sunny gallery is surrounded by the light and noise of City Market, adding to the artistic atmosphere. Whether you're just browsing, looking for a souvenir, or are a serious collector on a quest, this should be your first stop on any artistic tour of the city.
Known as the painter of light, Thomas Kinkade is beloved the world over for his evocative work, which takes center stage at this charming City Market gallery. Choose from hundreds of authentic Kinkade prints, both framed and unframed, including the region's most comprehensive collection of his notable lighthouse studies. Nature scenes, cityscapes and ocean themes are among the favorite subjects of this talented artist. In a neighborhood known for its addiction to art, you'll always find a healthy fix here.
Budding artists in Savannah find an outlet to showcase their works through the Chroma Gallery. Featuring contemporary and fine art, prominent works include lavish landscapes. The tonnes of canvases hung on the walls also contain industrial and botanical works. Sticking to the traditional oil painting methods, the gallery features works of over 15 regular artists around the area. A modest collection of glass and jewelery art is also on show.
Opened in 1886, after wealthy art collector Mary Telfair left her estate and belongings to the Georgia Society, this is the oldest art museum in Southern territory. Made up of three buildings, with very different, but equally fascinating architecture, the art and cultural artifacts inside are not the only jewels to see. The Telfair Academy has a neo-classical design and offers a glimpse into 19th century life. The Owens-Thomas House is a national historical landmark given to the museum in 1951. The newest 2006 Jepson Center offers a 64,000-sq. foot space, bringing modernism to the century-old museum. From art classes, to rotating and permanent collections, this museum offers visitors a chance to transport themselves in time. Visit the museum store on the way out, or even rent out space for a private party.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, Jepson Center for the Arts is a state-of the-art museum building that is nothing short of an architectural marvel! The building features about 14,000 square-feet of exhibition space, two outdoor terraces, a 200-seat auditorium, library, cafe and a store. An expansion of Telfair Museum of Art, the art center has galleries dedicated to African-American art, traveling exhibitions, an education center and much more. Located near the Telfair Square and connected to the main museum through two glass bridges, the Center is a major tourist attraction.
The Savannah History Museum, located in the Savannah Visitor Information Center, offers a taste of the city's rich history. An open atmosphere invites visitors to wander through the varied exhibits in no particular order and at no particular pace. The park bench from the movie Forrest Gump is here, as is a steam locomotive from the Central of Georgia Railroad. Do not miss the exhibit on fashion and history with a display of women's evening gowns from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
The historic Georgia State Railroad Museum was earlier referred to as the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. This museum is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is nestled in a historical district. Avail its tour to explore this lovely site that gives an insight into the working of a locomotive or simply enjoy a rail ride. Check website for details.
This National Historic Landmark site is home to the only preserved railroad shops complex and roundhouse of its size. The brick industrial buildings, constructed in the mid 1800s, are a testament to the importance of the railroad to Savannah and the U.S. The 125-foot tall smokestack that still stands is very impressive. The giant turntable still works, and the collection of locomotives and railroad cars, many of which have been fully restored and are operational, are often rolled out and moved.
Operating for 26 years in the same location on River Street, Gallery 209 is an artist co-op featuring approximately 30 local artists, all who must work a day and a half in the gallery each month. Artists throughout two floors of gallery space organize their artwork, which includes watercolors, oils, pastels, engravings, fiber art, ceramics and woodwork. Jewelry by local goldsmiths is displayed in the cases at the front of the gallery. Most artists provide some biographical information and many offer note cards featuring their work.
Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The Owens-Thomas House, circa 1819. The granddaughter of longtime owner Congressman and Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens donated the house and its contents to the art museum in 1951. Now, as a gallery of period art and furnishings and classic architecture, The Owens-Thomas House is open for visitors to enjoy.
Three floors of exhibits fill this museum dedicated to Savannah's African American heritage and civil rights movement. Named after a famous Savannah civil rights leader and pastor of Savannah's First African Baptist Church for 16 years, the museum presents photographs and various exhibits. A video presentation chronicles the civil rights movement in Savannah through the eyes of people who were there. The building, circa 1914, was at one time the largest black bank in the U.S.