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Address: 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone Number: 18435200111
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December...

The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December 2011. The Museum has been a sixteen year-old vision of the Harbor Historical Association (HHA) a grassroots, volunteer group that began in 1996 with a mission to preserve and promote the maritime history of Georgetown County and South Carolina. Through community support of the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and related events, HHA was able to accumulate initial funding for the museum. It is the only museum in the state with the sole mission of interpreting South Carolina Maritime history. The SCMM is located on the first floor of an old McCrory five and dime store building, on the waterfront in the middle of Georgetown's historic business district. There are endless stories connecting the sea to agriculture, commerce, military, recreation, education, and how ships and their crews and builders played a role. It is the mission of the South Carolina Maritime Museum to tell these stories through: Interactive Exhibits, Rare Artifacts from the Marine Industry, Model Ships and Artwork, Educated Volunteers and Staff, Special Programs for Young and Old.

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Boats and Bricks

We were delighted with the ship models at this museum and the information about each ship. There also was a display of bricks from a ship that sunk and was recovered with its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were delighted with the ship models at this museum and the information about each ship. There also was a display of bricks from a ship that sunk and was recovered with its cargo. Absolutely amazing and encouraged one to really try to visualize this amazing shipping industry.

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Lots of information about South Carolina maritime history. My husband had a great time. Beautiful ships in bottles.

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Thank mfortino2000
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Stopped in during our walk in downtown Georgetown. A great resource for the shipping history of the area. Not a lot of artifacts, but there are some great photos and model ships. Pat was very informative about the area and was able to answer all questions. Takes less than one hour to see everything. No admission fee is charged, but... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed this place, but I wouldn't call this place a museum. There are very few artifacts on display, but there are many model steam boats and photos that describes the history of the waterways around the area. Don't walk by without stopping in because you will learn something.

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Thank RoverToad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Very nicely displayed nautical displays focused on local history and artifacts. Well wort a visit. It's small so you won't spent too much time, but don't pass by.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

It was a lovely find to stumble upon but it does not take long to go through the exhibits so do not dedicate more than an hour of your time.

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Georgetown has a long and interesting maritime history. As the third oldest city in South Carolina as well as a port city you can imagine the amount of history that can be showcased in a waterfront museum. This one certainly does not disappoint.

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Perfect, small museum. Even if the subject does not totally align with your interests give this museum a go. It beats the tired dioramas at the nearby Rice Museum by far. Exhibits are professional quality, with gorgeous ship models, photographs and artifacts. I found the story of a sunken Union civil war battleship whose protuding smokestack can still be sighted... More 

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RiverRoomGeorgetown, Volunteer and museum board member at The South Carolina Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation of our museum and lovely town and for taking the time to write a review! More 

Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This little museum features much of the history of the boats that helped to fashion the area. It is displayed by actual pieces, by photos and by models of boats. It's a small place and doesn't take long to tour but it should be seen when visiting Georgetown. I found the old photos of the town interesting to compare the... More 

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

It's a small museum, but growing. Very interesting history of Georgetown and maritime SC. The addition of the Lens from the North Island Lighthouse is wonderful. It's not big, but as one of five museums in town, if you spend a day you can get around to all. The little gift shop is very fun.

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