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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 729 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3625
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+1 843-520-0111
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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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Very informative museum

Great place to stop while in Georgetown and it's free! Good displays on local marine history. Small. no pressure gift shop with friendly staff.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 29, 2016
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Lake George, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum provides an interesting look at the maritime history of South Carolina. One of the highlights for me was the Fresnel lens that originally was in the North Island lighthouse.

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Lake George, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Great place to stop while in Georgetown and it's free! Good displays on local marine history. Small. no pressure gift shop with friendly staff.

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Fenton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Nice to see there are ways to inform and educate without the trappings of large museums! Self guided tour is sufficient to explore and learn about how ships, trade and commerce all intersect in Georgetown and it's part in one-time supply routes for the region.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

What a treasure in Georgetown. Wonderful displays and historical artifacts to tell the nautical history of South Carolina. Great little gift shop also. Lovely and welcoming ladies to help.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

The model ships, maps and other artifacts of the area are outstanding. The layout of this small museum is very good. Mac, the museum Director, was very personable and knowledgeable.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We went in looking for the visitor center. Only a few exhibits, not a lot to see, but it is free. Believe they may have had some damage from recent hurricane and we may not have seen all there was to see. Bathrooms were appreciated!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We loved this place!!! Each sections was super informative and the detail in the models were top-notch. We also like how easy the floor plan was to navigate. And, to top it off, it was free!

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Georgetown, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Just happened upon this free museum. Learned a lot about artifacts under the water. I liked the information about the ferry that was discovered in 1976 on display in the Rice Museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

It's in an old store right in downtown Georgetown. Something to do while others shop. Wide variety of information. My husband particularly enjoys the photos of old boats circa 1880-1900.

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Tega Cay, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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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