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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah

Housed in the magnificent William Scarborough mansion and founded in 1966, this museum features nine galleries of ship models, maritime paintings and artifacts that reflect Savannah's maritime heritage. It also boasts the largest gardens in the Savannah Historic District – spread over two acres and derived from a typical 19th-century parlor garden design – and a gift shop containing a large collection of books and gifts related to the maritime theme.

Ship models include the SS Savannah, which was owned by William Scarborough; the HMS Anne, which carried Georgia founder James Oglethorpe and the first settlers of Georgia in 1732; RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912; and The Wanderer, the last documented ship to bring a cargo of slaves from Africa to the US in 1858. In addition to these, the place houses nautical-themed artwork, including carvings, paintings, knotwork, and scrimshaw.

In many ways, however, the museum is overshadowed by the William Scarborough mansion, which was built in 1819 and became a center of Savannah social life and the focal point of colorful festivities during President James Monroe's visit. One of the earliest examples of Greek Revival style in the city, it was designed by famed English architect William Jay and built for Scarborough, president of the Savannah Steamship Company and one of the principal owners of the USS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The mansion features Roman-style windows that flank the entrance and a monumental Doric portico with a fanlight overhead. The two-story house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. In 1994, it was turned over to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and has been largely restored to its early 19th century appearance.

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

Tip:
Catch a concert in the gardens 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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