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Arts & Museums
The Savannah-Ogeechee canal stands as one of the main relics in tracing the history of southern canals. It commences with the tidal lock at the Savannah river and the fine waterway goes on past four lift locks. It is a scenic canal site and as it passes through, one can be enchanted with the stunning visuals of Savannah's 19th century industrial corridor, timber tracts, old rice fields, lush river swamp and much more. The canal is famously registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
A few minutes from downtown Savannah, this historic landmark offers a remarkable insight into the accomplishments of the Eighth Bomber Command, created shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By mid 1944, it had over 200,000 people. Its purpose was to conduct aerial bomb missions against the Germans in Europe. It also served in the 1950s Korean War and the Southeast Asian conflict of the 1960s. The museum features artifacts, collections and exhibits, as well as a research library, restaurant, chapel and gift shop, educational programs, and children's camps. It's well worth a trip to discover a proud military legacy. Admission is USD10 for adults, USD9 for seniors, USD6 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 get in for free. - Natasha Lawrence
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.
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.
Thousands of researchers visit The Georgia Historical Society's Hodgson Hall, circa 1875, to sit beneath the high vaulted ceilings of the library and delve into the vast archives. Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of Georgia History, a mission made evident by its expansive collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century manuscripts, maps, images, diaries, business records and government and military papers. The society coordinates the state's historical marker program and sponsors lectures and public programs throughout the year. Call for details. Free admission.
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.
Built during the 18th century for General Hugh Mercer, great-grandfather of songwriter Johnny Mercer, The Mercer Williams House was bought and restored by Jim Williams in 1969. The place is also the setting of the classic-book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Each room of the house is filled with furnishings, paintings, antiques and Chinese porcelain collected by Williams. Recently opened to the public, the house tour is an excellent way to spend the afternoon and you can buy souvenirs at the Carriage.
This vibrant museum and learning center in the heart of the Historic District is a great resource for introducing kids to the wonders of history. Interactive exhibits include presentations on Savannah's history, architecture, industry and development. A schoolroom lets little guests imagine themselves in the roles of their hard-studying forebears, and even presents a comprehensive study of the evolution of education from ancient times to modern days.
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.
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.
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.