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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

460 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401
912 231 8900
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Ranked #33 of 123 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This museum, named for an early Civil Rights leader, documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah.
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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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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New York City, New York
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great review of the Civil Rights movement in Savannah. Could use an update to the facility to more appropriately honor those who by their force of will drug Savannah into the modern age in regards to racial equality.

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Atlanta, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

nice spot to take the kids to and to do alone within walking distance from other historic sites. the price is reasonable and the artifacts are neat. Small but good.

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