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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 729 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3625
Phone Number: 18435200111
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December...

The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December 2011. The Museum has been a sixteen year-old vision of the Harbor Historical Association (HHA) a grassroots, volunteer group that began in 1996 with a mission to preserve and promote the maritime history of Georgetown County and South Carolina. Through community support of the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and related events, HHA was able to accumulate initial funding for the museum. It is the only museum in the state with the sole mission of interpreting South Carolina Maritime history. The SCMM is located on the first floor of an old McCrory five and dime store building, on the waterfront in the middle of Georgetown's historic business district. There are endless stories connecting the sea to agriculture, commerce, military, recreation, education, and how ships and their crews and builders played a role. It is the mission of the South Carolina Maritime Museum to tell these stories through: Interactive Exhibits, Rare Artifacts from the Marine Industry, Model Ships and Artwork, Educated Volunteers and Staff, Special Programs for Young and Old.

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Small Museum But Really Interesting Area Artifacts

This is a small museum located in the heart of historic Georgetown, but it contains many interesting maritime artifacts. It's worth your time, especially if you're a civil war... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bedford, Virginia
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Bedford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum located in the heart of historic Georgetown, but it contains many interesting maritime artifacts. It's worth your time, especially if you're a civil war buff or interested in the lighthouse and shipping/trading history of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The museum was *free* which is awesome! It was very interesting reading further information after hearing a lot of the history while taking the Rover Tour. Recommended!

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Florence, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

It's somewhat small but has some pretty interesting exhibits. British ships, civil war ships, and other locally significant boats are show cased. There is a modern sport fishing tribute as well. Perhaps the coolest part is the youth sailing school. Ages 8-14 can take a week long course on sailing for 200.00. Entry to the museum was free so it's... More 

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Kershaw, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I stopped in here on a whim just to see what they had . It is full of all things nautical . It also has alot of history in there . There is a small shop inside and I bought a few things that were very nice . Best of all this museum is free.

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Thank Cindy K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

I was a little leery at first with signing my boys (9&10) up for sailing school thru a museum, but boy we were surprised! It's an incredible school that is well worth the price. The boys had a classroom portion each day, but spent most of the 3 hours each day on the water sailing. They each get their own... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a small low-budget museum that doesn't charge an entrance fee. We deposited about $10 upon arriving in their clear donation box. Most of the exhibits were nice, but are very simply presented. Some of the models of ships are intricate and the detail is amazing on such a small scale. They had some older model outboard engines. They... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It brought to mind the romance of the seas. You can imagine what it is like to sail in the old ships. You can see the culture that still exists in the people that work the oceans. I was struck by how far things have come in some ways and in other ways...how little they have changed. Nice pictures and... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped by and enjoyed the history on display. There are many photos, models of ships and informative displays and some great artwork too. I was impressed by the impact of the fishing industry as far back as the late 1700's.

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Chesterfield, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Interesting photos and replicas and exhibits. Local acted along the harbor walk. Friendly employees and neat environment. Old building is very quaint.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We enjoyed looking at all the displays in the museum. They are in the process of enlarging so the museum will be even more interesting in the future. We met Robert McAlister, the director of the museum. He has written books about the Rice era so my husband bought those. It was very pleasant.

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