World War II Home Front Museum

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World War II Home Front Museum

World War II Home Front Museum
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The World War II Home Front Museum brings to life Coastal Georgia's extraordinary contributions during World War II. Through immersive exhibits and interactive experiences, visitors will learn about blimps on anti-submarine patrol, radar training to direct fighter pilots, building Liberty ships to supply troops overseas, and much more.
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Steve M
Pulaski, TN354 contributions
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The museum focus more about area and what the people did to support the war effort. You need to watch the 10 minute video. You will find out the Germans were patrolling our eastern shore and sinking cargo ships before they come into port. The museum is also interactive with some of the exhibits on display. If you plan on going to the lighthouse, then you are better off to buy the combo. You can visit the lighthouse the next day.
Written June 6, 2021
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packedlite
Cambridge, MA396 contributions
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This museum tells a story I haven’t heard before. St. Simon’s Island and Brunswick GA played an important role in WWII that I have never before seen explained in such detail and so well. Brunswick was the site of a large ship building enterprise where they built over 4 Liberty ships a month. Extraordinary! These ships supplied valuable and much needed resources to England and Russia before and during the war. St. Simon’s Island had an airfield and a radar training school. Airships (dirigibles) flew out of the area to search for German U-boats, a terrible threat along the east coast. If you go to Brunswick and follow the historic walking tour, you will see a model of a Liberty ship and the housing built for the thousands of workers needed to man the ship building effort. Well worth a visit and the Home Front Museum tells the very human story of the people involved in the war effort from servicemen to housewives.
Written February 20, 2020
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Amy W
Loganville, GA106 contributions
The building itself is gorgeous. The bathrooms were super nice and clean. There is a short movie to watch that was interesting about the shipyards of Brunswick. The museum part is pretty interesting, but I didn't get to really take the time to read everything with small kids with me. There were some hands-on things for the kids to do (some of it covered up for Covid).
Written January 4, 2021
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Paula G
Saint Simons Island, GA373 contributions
As a local resident I want to encourage everyone to visit this amazing museum. Many tourists visit the museum at the lighthouse but skip the Home Front Museum since it is not in the village area. Most people leave stunned when they learn of all the WWII activity on St. Simons and Brunswick. For example, the current Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick was once a WWII blimp base. The blimps were used to look for German subs near the coast and were housed in the largest wooden buildings in the world.

Put this museum on your must do list for a day with less than perfect weather. Even children will love this place and will leave with an understanding of what locals in the area went through during the war.
Written December 20, 2020
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journalmytrips
Georgia620 contributions
We have visited several museums and historic sites associated with World War 2. This one featured the history of what was happening on the home front during that war. You begin your tour with a video located in the first of two buildings that you can visit.
Some subjects presented were the sinking of ships by U-boats off the Atlantic coast and how blimps were used to help spot those submarines and the building of Liberty ships to support the war effort. There are people who work here who are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you plan to visit on a Sunday call ahead to confirm that they are open. We found two sites with two different times listed.
Written December 1, 2021
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Joni P
Atlanta, GA24 contributions
Couples
Fascinating museum! I've never seen a museum focus much on the home front during World War 2. I knew about rationing, but who knew people used to save used cooking fats for the war effort?
Would be a great place to take kids since so much was interactive. An old fashioned pay phone an, two different computer simulations of shooting down airplanes. Don't miss it!
Written May 21, 2022
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AtlantaScottyV
Peachtree City, GA279 contributions
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Grew up here and have been by the Coast Guard Station a gazillion times in my life, but so glad to see it has been converted into a fantastic museum on the local area’s impact during World War II. Took my father, who was stationed locally at Glynco Naval Air Station during a portion of his US Navy career, for his 85th birthday. Great, very informative exhibits that are very well laid out by different categories. Docents are very friendly and provide lots of information. SO glad we took the opportunity to visit!
Written June 4, 2022
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,366 contributions
Did you know the US used blimps during WWII to track German U-boats in the Atlantic Ocean? We learned this and many other facts during our visit to this museum. After watching a 10-minute film that explained the situation in the Atlantic during the early part of WWII, we walked through the exhibits.

A map showed us where the Esso Baton Rouge and the USS Oklahoma were torpedoed in 1943 just 14 miles away. The museum highlights the contributions of Glynn County during WWII, including the JA Jones Shipyard in nearby Brunswick that built Liberty ships and the Naval Air Station at Glynco that produced and serviced blimps.
Written January 1, 2021
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dgs5536
Washington DC185 contributions
Rarely do you find a local museum that is interactive, relevant, and well presented. This gem of a museum puts national events in local context. It's very valuable since so few people know about the sacrifices made on the homefront in WWII.
Written August 20, 2021
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Jeremy M
Topeka, KS24 contributions
This is an amazing museum detailing the history of WWII on the home front and how it affected the area of Brunswick and St. Simon's during World War II. It talks about the merchant ships being torpedoed by German U-Boats and how this area of the United States rallied and built Liberty Ships, and trained WWII radar technicians, aviators etc. It was a refreshing look at the war and how it affected normal citizens. It is situated in the old Coast Guard station
Written February 13, 2020
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