Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah (must see)

Savannah's Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is housed in the historic Scarborough House. This nautical-themed residence was built in 1819 for William Scarborough, president of the Savannah Steamship Company. His company was the builder of the SS Savannah, the first steamship to travel the Atlantic Ocean.

The Scarborough House was built in a Greek Revival style and served as a school between 1870 and 1950. In 1997, it was fully restored and the Museum now houses a large number of model ships, including the SS Savannah, commemorating the first steamship to cross the Atlantic; the City of Savannah, commemorating the part sail, part steamship that sailed between Savannah, New York, and Boston; and one of the Titanic, the famously “unsinkable” ship that sank in 1912 after striking an iceberg. The place also houses nautical themed artwork, including carvings, paintings, knotwork, and scrimshaw.

In addition to its maritime art and antiques, the Museum possesses the largest garden in the Savannah Historic District. This garden features only plants that are native to the Savannah area, or that have been historically available since the 1800s, including magnolia trees, boxwood hedges, and azalea bushes.

Why You Should Visit:
The beautiful ship models and art, the environmental display (temporary), Civil War history, plus the gorgeous old mansion where the museum is housed make for a satisfying time.

Tip:
Catch a concert in the garden here! This is a very nice venue for the Savannah Music Festival because it is small and intimate. Drinks are available. Very nice and convenient restrooms.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–5pm

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Sight Name: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Sight Location: Savannah, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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