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Massie Heritage Center

Address: 207 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 395-5070
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Ranked #33 of 199 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: The Massie Heritage Center should be your first stop in Georgia's first city! Massie provides the...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The Massie Heritage Center should be your first stop in Georgia's first city! Massie provides the best orientation for your visit with a 3D model of Savannah's entire Historic District, including three laser-lit narratives of the city's history projected onto the model. Massie's six exhibit rooms inside the historic 1856 Greek Revival school house offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about Savannah's many architectural styles, the earliest inhabitants of the Georgia coast, the historic preservation movement in the city, and what school was like in the 1800s inside our authentic heritage classroom. We are located on beautiful Calhoun Square, Savannah's only architecturally original square, at the corner of Abercorn and Gordon streets. We look forward to seeing you!

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English first
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

There are guided tours included with admission at 11 and 2 they are worth it. We arrived prior to the tour and looked around I wasn't really impressed. But then out your guide made it all come to life and added things that were not posted. It was a really fun way to learn about school in times gone by.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We got the tickets with the Oglethorpe trolley deal from groupon and it was a nice little experience. They have a really nice plan model of the historic district that tells the basic history and lights up parts of the little replica buildings on the city model while narrating. Playing dress up in the old classroom was also fun. Most... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We visited on a rainy Friday but it was warm and dry inside the schoolhouse. We especially enjoyed the diorama of Savannah showing all the squares. Fans of architecture will enjoy the exhibit that shows various types of architectural styles in the Savannah area. As a teacher, I loved the old school desks, vintage clothing, and photographs of the school... More 

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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Since a free ticket came with our Oglethorpe Tour, we decided to go in - We actually ended up spending over an hour there. We loved the little school room, complete with costumes you could actually put on for a "photo op", little chalk boards and even DUNCE caps - all very hand's on and quite fun. There were several... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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130 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A lovely find right on one of the squares..dont pass it by! Connected building housing the first public school circa 1850's, to a freedman school, and continuing on until the 1970's. Now each room has a different exhibit including the original schoolroom ( with desks, teachers desk and even duncecap) ; other rooms have a beautiful model of the city... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Massie Heritage Center tour offers several different cultural perspectives. The building was the first school in Savannah. It's history is interesting. In addition there is a more general view of the history of Savannah. A third areas concentrated on the architecture of Savannah. A fourth topic was the Native American heritage of the area. The volunteer tour guide had... More 

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Senior Contributor
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10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A nice place to explore if you are interested in architecture. Of course, history about architecture in Savannah from the start to present. Cost $7 and it's worth it, expect to spend at least an hour to discover all. If you're not into architecture, this may not be the place for you. One negative thing is it's right by the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Massie Heritage Center was recommended as a stop worth seeing on the tour of historic Savannah, but it was barely worth the stop. It did have a few interesting exhibits and provided information on the different eras and styles of architecture in Savannah, but I think that one of the other museums or the visitors center would be a... More 

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Top Contributor
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63 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Displays more geared to children but still informative. Served as civil war hospital for both sides.

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Rock Hill, SC
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42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The museum tour started with a volunteer who showed us a model of the original plan for the city, in sectors built around the current park-like squares. Public buildings, businesses, and and houses where to complete the sectors. Upstairs there is a wonderful 1800s schoolroom, since the Massie was the first free public school in Savannah. Be sure you pick... More 

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