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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 provides much nautical history

We passed this museum while walking down Georgetown's main street and decided to stop in. Admission is free. While there are a number of nautical artifacts, including a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Suffern, New York
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Tega Cay, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I admit that I am a boating nut, and once upon a time designed ships for the US Navy, so this museum was a must-see for me. There are many interesting displays and artifacts on commercial maritime and popular boating activities. There are many models of boats and ships and old photographs that show boats are work. Way in the... More 

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Suffern, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We passed this museum while walking down Georgetown's main street and decided to stop in. Admission is free. While there are a number of nautical artifacts, including a lighthouse lens, the main focus is numerous historical photographs, They depict Georgetown's fishing and shipping past as a major port in the 1800's. You can spend hours here if you chose the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This quiet member of the Georgetown Harborwalk is worth a visit. The timeline of maritime history is nicely displayed in the art and scale models. It is a free attraction staffed by very friendly volunteers, but donations are welcome for funding. You may be fascinated, but your kids WILL be bored.....and breaking displays....glad ours were not with us.

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in Georgetown, be sure to stop by this wonderful museum. The admission is free and the major exhibit changes during the year. The museum is home to a Fesnel Lens that was originally in the Georgetown Lighthouse in Winyah Bay. It is a magnificant piece, lit constantly and housed in a structure which looks like the original top... More 

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Bedford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

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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Thank Halfunit
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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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