Museums and Art Galleries Self-guided Tour, Savannah

Museums and Art Galleries Self-guided Tour, Savannah
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Savannah Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Savannah Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Savannah is filled with southern charm and has a delightful combination of natural and man-made beauty. Explore some of these treasures by visiting some of Savannah's impressive museums. Check out the following self-guided tour for some of the most interesting museums and art galleries Savannah has to offer!

Museums and Art Galleries Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: USA » Savannah (See other walking tours in Savannah)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: hollyg
Owens-Thomas House

1) Owens-Thomas House (must see)

The Owens-Thomas house is, like the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Jepson Center for the Arts, a museum building perated by the Telfair Museum of Art.

The building itself was designed by William Jay, and English architect who was among the first professionally-trained architects working in the U.S. The residence was finished in 1819 for Richard Richardson and his family, who earned their money as cotton merchants and bankers. Unfortunately, their prosperity was short-lived-...   view more
Telfair Museum of Art

2) Telfair Museum of Art (must see)

Telfair Museum of Art has the distinction of being the south's first public art museum. The museum opened in 1886, at the bequest of Mary Telfair. The building itself is the old Telfair family's mansion. Telfair square actually houses three buildings- the building holding the Telfair Museum of Art (known as the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences), the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie.

The Telfair Museum of Art houses nearly 5,000...   view more
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

3) Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (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 turned into the Ships of the Sea Maritime...   view more
SCAD Museum of Art

4) SCAD Museum of Art

The SCAD Museum of Art is part of the Savannah College of Art and Design. It serves as a teaching museum for Savannah College of Art and Design students, but is still open to visitors.

The Museum is home to nearly five thousand pieces of art, ranging from haute couture fashion design, to photography, to sculpture. One key feature of the SCAD Museum of Art is the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, a center for appreciating African American culture, art, and literature. This...   view more
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Savannah History Museum

5) Savannah History Museum (must see)

The Savannah History Museum is dedicated to the rich, dramatic history of the city, from its early establishment to today. It's located inside Savannah Visitor's Information Center, which is in turn housed in the passenger train shed of the old Savannah railway. The Museum holds a wide variety of exhibits about all of the people, places, things, and events that have shaped Savannah from 1733 onward.

Some of the exhibits include displays of antique and vintage evening gowns from the...   view more
Roundhouse Railroad Museum

6) Roundhouse Railroad Museum (must see)

The Roundhouse Railway Museum is located one block away from the passenger train shed of Savannah's old railway, where the Savannah History Museum is contained. This building is set right on the grounds of the Second Battle of Savannah, where American Revolutionary War troops fought to end Britain's occupation of Savannah. The attack ultimately failed, leaving Savannah in Britain's hands.

The Museum itself is dedicated to Savannah's railway history. It contains exhibits...   view more
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

7) Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum (must see)

Savannah, Georgia, is an area with a rich and fascinating history in the civil rights movement. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is named after Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, a major figure in Georgia's civil rights history, and pastor of the First African Baptist Church. In the year 1942, Gilbert organized Savannah's branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and has been referred to as the “father of Savannah's modern day Civil Rights...   view more


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