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“The most beautiful house in Savannah” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum
429 Bull Street, Monterey Square, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 236 6352; 877 430 6352
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Ranked #36 of 100 Attractions in Savannah
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This home and museum is now open for tours - but don't ask them about the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" book or movie.
San Antonio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The most beautiful house in Savannah”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2007

The Mercer house was beautiful and the tour guide was lovely.
It is worth the $12 that it cost to get in. You can only tour the first floor, but it is worth it. Watch or read: Midnight in the garden of good and evil" before you go!

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Silver Springs, FL
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Mercer Williams House Museum - Savannah, GA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2007

The Mercer Williams House is where many of the scenes were filmed in the movie "The Garden of Good & Evil". It has been beautifully restored and contains many antiques and paintings. This mansion is a "must see" if you visit Savannah.

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Charlotte, NC
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Go with an open mind, watch movie first it adds to the interest”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2007

We just returned from Savannah and to be honest, I hadn't read the book and was only mildly familiar with the movie. I am into architecture and history. A death was part of this history so I was really surprised when the rolled right passed the topic. Jim Williams himself would of found an antique more collectible if it had a history.

Our tour guide did mention "it" and there was no looming guard mentioned in previous posts. In fact our guide was young and peppy he just needed more time and more house to be open to the public. As an historic home, it needs work, the family should take a clue for the Cecil family who own Biltmore. Don't live in the house. It was tacky to hear them in the kitchen and young kids crying. The antiques were interesting, but we were rushed through and not much time to take it in as you should with items of history. Docents in every room would be better or as an option.

I don't believe Williams would have kept it in this less than optimum state. Our guide explained how he didn't trust anyone to clean the stained glass in the ceiling and took it piece by pieced and restored it himself. That care has not been continued. I think if the family moved out and opened the whole house it would be better. Get back to it's roots as a center for restoration of historic art and architecture. Remove the touristy paraphernailia in the carriage house like unrelated kids toys and kate spade books and make the gift shop one of museum quality. Again take the hint from Biltmore. It's not as large but the same principal applies. Would I go again no, was I glad I went the first times, yes. Will consider going again if the whole house is open.

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Mountain City, Tennessee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Okay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2006

The house is beautiful, but you are only allowed on the first floor. It was too expensive for what you are allowed to see.

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Ypsilanti MI
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful home and town!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2006

I recently spent a week in Savannah, enjoyed the city, and Mercer House as well.... To those who felt cheated about the touring staff not mentioning the shooting: Well, a little research online would have told you that particular subject was considered out of bounds. I will however agree that the price of admission was a bit steep for a tour of what amounts to only the first floor. Yet, having said that, I still say that I enjoyed the house and even more so, the town. This was the best vacation I've had in years.

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