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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

Address: 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 231 8900
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Ranked #26 of 100 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum, named for an early Civil Rights leader, documents the history of the Civil Rights...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum, named for an early Civil Rights leader, documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The more you read and see in the museum the more you realize that the USA was a model for apartheid in South Africa - democracy and civil rights for whiter people and disgusting oppression for black people (I am white, by the way). And this existed for over 100 years after Lincoln's 'emancipation' from slavery. You shudder when you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Small, intimate museum. Reasonable entry fee. Staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. Museum is keyed to the role of Savannah's African-American and White civil rights leaders of the 1960's, their struggles and their eventual victories. You know the story. . ."if we don't know our history, then we are bound to. . .".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Covers the Savannah Civil Rights movement with two interesting videos, a variety of good pictures, a reconstruction of the famous "lunch counter" and friendly and knowledgeable staff to fill in different details. Will never forget the story of the boycott of the Levys department store...loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This museum has three floors with information about civil rights. It gives one a history of the civil rights movement in Savannah and the struggle for equal rights. There are two videos for the visitor to watch. One part of the museum has a display with a lunch counter and a waitress and black customer. Another has a display of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I wish the place didn't smell like dust, but I really enjoyed our visit. If you're interested in civil rights, this museum has 2 very interesting videos and many exhibits relating to the civil rights movement in Savannah. Just don't expect the place to be pretty. Located on Martin Luther King Blvd.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had a guided tour around the museum and a couple of videos to set the scene. It was interesting to see the exhibits and recreations of the diners where the mass peaceful protests took place. Makes you think, so in that way it worked. Interesting how involved the church was and how savannah had its own civil rights success... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Staff here are very friendly and welcoming. We were shown a short video before touring the museum which was filled with Civil Rights history especially relevant to Savannah. The department store lunch counter is a great display to let visitors be a part of that time. The museum is not amongst the main tourist attractions so it will take some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not quite off the beaten track, but certainly on the outskirts of Savannah's historic district, the Civil Rights Museum isn't necessarily a place you'd stumble across but is well worth investing an hour-and-a-half or so of your time in. Very much focused on the city's own local history of segregation, rather than attempting to give the wider view, it's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was very nice and enjoyable. Very educational a must see for children and adults. It is not a large place but it tells the story we need to all remember.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Well done exhibits. Especially enjoyed the mock up of a lunch counter at Levys department store. also appreciated our excellent guide, who recounted the story of the civil rights movement, especially as it unfolded in savannah, Georgia, (which has the distinction of having peacefully done away with the Jim Crow laws a year ahead of the rest of the south....... More 

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