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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
843 520 0111
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Georgetown
Type: Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Nice small replicas and history information. Volunteers were pleasant, knowledgeable. Won't take an hour unless you read most everything like we did, but we like doing that. So nice that they support the kids learning how to sail (in the rear of museum in summertime).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My daughter and I ended up visiting Georgetown as a fluke and ended up enjoying it. The maritime museum was another great place to visit and learn about some of the local history and how shipping played a major part of the city. The models were amazing. I'd like to see it expanded to fill the first floor of the... More

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Florence, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I always stop in when I am downtown Georgetown. I was in the US Navy and enjoy the history this place offers to the public. A must stop place for me.

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Saint George
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We recently visited Georgetown,SC and found the Maritime museum in the downtown area. It right next door to some shops the were sadly burned to the ground in the recent past. Fortunately, the museum and all their replica ships were unharmed, so go on in for a visit. You will find a great deal of interesting maps as well as... More

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Lakefield, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were visiting Georgetown and stumbled upon this quaint wooden ship Maritime Museum, we all found it very informative and well laid out. The staff was very helpful and informative. The gift shop had a 50% off sale so we bought some great souvenirs. If history of boating and Maritime life is of interest , this is the place .... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Such a lovely and quaint museum that continues to grow. The staff is quite friendly and the self guided maritime history of Georgetown was quite impressive. The gift shop had some cute one of a kind finds as well. I plan to stop by each time in town just to see what's new!

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Placencia, Belize
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

While the museum is small and fairly new it offers a lot of history and gives a great perspective on the role Georgetown played in the establishment of America. There is also a gift shop and the staff is very friendly and enthusiastic. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Whiled strolling along the avenue looking at the shops we decided to look inside the museum, although small, it had a few items of interest and history inside. The small gift shop was nice as well as the staff.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

They are just now putting the maritime museum together. The people were very friendly and they are just now gathering items to make their displays. It will be supported by the Wooden Boat Show that is there in the fall.

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