Savannah museums and art galleries showcase the best of the city’s culture, history and arts. From art museums to historic home tours, enjoy the best of the past, present and future in historic Savannah. Discover talented artists and artisans, who create fine art, music, dance, paintings, sculpture, pottery, theater, photographs and film. You’ll find it all in Savannah!
Owens Thomas Houseis a guided tour that allows you to see all of the different areas of the property. The tour will begin in the slave quarters. Many of the antiques and home furnishings were from the 1700’s and were very popular in the early 1800’s. In 1830, the mayor of Savannah purchased the home for $10,000 and later his granddaughter turned the house over to the Telfair Museum.
The Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the Scarbrough House focusing on the maritime history of Savannah. The Scarbrough House has the largest gardens in Historic Savannah and can be seen without paying an entry fee.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located on Highway 80 in Pooler. The main exhibit here is a B17 bomber that is working to be restored. Outside, the museum’s memorial gardens are not to be missed. At the north end of the memorial gardens is a chapel with stunning stained glass.
The Georgia State Railroad Museum is the oldest and largest existing nineteenth-century railroad operations complex in the nation and is currently owned by the City of Savannah. There are five buildings that are permanent homes for the exhibits, including the roundhouse with its operating turntable. While here you can see steam and diesel locomotives, rail cars, steam-powered machinery, model railroads, a 126-foot brick smokestack with privies around its base.
Savannah Children’s Museumis fun for the whole family! The museum is all outside, so plan accordingly. This museum has over a dozen exhibits that allow children to explore and use their imagination. The kids are sure to love the maze, reading nook and sensory garden.
The Jepson Center is always the perfect way to spend a day. The Jepson focuses on the art of today, which ties the other Telfair museums all together. It is home to the Bird Girl statue, made famous from the over of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Their exhibits change frequently, so there is always something new to view.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a must see for Girl Scouts all over the country as she founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah in 1912. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Girl scout to enjoy this! GSUSA has owned and operated the building since 1950 when they saved it from demolition.
The SCAD Museum of Art premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students and to attract and delight visitors from around the world. Introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter, the museum showcases work by a range of highly acclaimed professional artists, inspiring and challenging students across disciplines to push the boundaries of their creative practice.