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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone Number: 843 520 0111
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Description: 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. The front third of the Museum's 5,000 square foot space has been finished and fitted for an exhibit area and small gift shop. The original maple floors and brick walls have been exposed and a moveable wall can be slid back as more exhibits are added. The SCMM’s first temporary exhibit tells the story of the lumber schooners that sailed in and out of Georgetown between 1890 and 1920 when Georgetown was the biggest lumber port in the Southeast. Sailing ships and steamships transported millions of feet of pine and cypress lumber from South Carolina forests to cities in the northeastern United States. The stories of these ships and their crews are an important part of the maritime history of South Carolina.The "Lumber Schooners" exhibit is a series of 26 enlarged photographs, charts, and maps that have been reproduced, courtesy of the Maine Maritime Museum and the Georgetown County Digital Library. Much of the exhibit is devoted to the CITY OF GEORGETOWN, a four-masted sailing schooner chartered by the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company, whose mill in Georgetown was one of the largest lumber operations in America at the time. The construction of the vessel was financed by a group of forty nine investors, nine of whom were Georgetown people. The exhibit will be on display through the summer of 2012.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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A hidden gem....

This museum was interesting and FREE admission. They are open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. It's located on Front Street & it's in a store front building. The ship models... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This museum was interesting and FREE admission. They are open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. It's located on Front Street & it's in a store front building. The ship models are encased with detailed information about each of them. My favorite was the wooden steamship. They have a museum store with a variety of nautical gifts &... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's a very small place and nothing really interesting that you can't see in other SC museums. If you are already in Georgetown you might as well stop by since it's free but don't expect too much. They also had the heat cranked up to an unbearable level.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Georgetown is one of those South Carolina cities which you might be tempted to just pass through on your way to Charleston or Myrtle Beach. But, I wouldn't pass by the sign leading one to the historic district because if you choose to do so you'll miss a very unique experience, one being the South Carolina Maritime Museum. If you... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Looks as though the museum is just getting started. The displays fill about half their space. Blown up vintage photos make up the bulk of the contents. I enjoyed looking at them and would encourage anyone in that area looking to donate appropriate items to do so to help them fill the remainder of their space.

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South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Very nice (free) local museum, with nteresting, educational exhibits. I got a great deal on past-seasons' clothing.

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting this museum to learn about the maritime history of the area. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This small museum is privately funded and not state supported so please visit and see the wonderful job this town has done to welcome visitors and showcase their local heritage. The exhibits are quaint and well done. The people supporting this venture are exceptional. I recently visited the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and Boatbuilding Challenge which is held every year... More 

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Carolina Mountains, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Though it is rather small, it is definitely worth seeing. Nice small replicas and history information. Look forward to it growing and expanding. The annual wooden boat show was starting the weekend after we were there, hate we missed it though we were able to see some of the boats that came in for the show docked while we were... More 

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Greenwood, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We were really expecting a larger museum. This is relatively small but informative. We attended during the annual wooden boat show. Nice museum store within the museum. Don't make a trip here just to see the museum as you will be done in less than a half hour.

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York, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised to see the displays and information and to learn the museum is free to the public. I will definitely visit again in the future and will support their efforts as best I can.

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