Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
4.5
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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
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The museum is located in the historic William Scarbrough House in Historic District of Savannah. The collection includes model ships and maritime artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also features the largest private garden in the Historic District of Savannah. The gardens take up a whole city block and are free to the public. Admission to the museum is $10 and there's a free parking lot directly adjacent to the museum for visitors!
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Ms. Salsa
80 contributions
May 2021
Prior to our visit to Savannah, we purchased online the value price of (3) places to tour: The Andrew-Low House, the Davenport House and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Truthfully, we only went to visit this museum because it was part of the value purchase, but what a surprise. To start with, the guy at the front desk must have been a drill sergeant in his previous life. He had us lined up on one side of the room and pretty much dictated us our marching orders, meaning what we could or not do while completing our self tour of the museum. We weren't crazy about wearing the mask at all time, but this was one of the few times we decided to play along. The museum was filled with these beautiful, crafty, super-detailed and artistically made ships. The patience, craftmanship and talent needed to be able to make one of these miniature boats is admirable. The fact that several of them, you could even admire the detail down to the individual nail placed on deck. If you decide to go, please take the time in reading each of their descriptions, you might learn different facts you didn't expect to. Unbelievably, we thought we were going to wiz thru this museum quickly, but to our amaze, we spent longer than we could have imagined. They even have a replica of the Titanic.
Written June 9, 2021
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PapasPicks
Palm Harbor, FL155 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Tremendous history of the maritime era of Savannah. Lots of reading and models of ships with very little, if at all, interactive experiences. Felt it was worth the price paid but could be so much more with new technologies Incorporated into the exhibits. It’s definitely worth the hour or two spent learning about the tremendous impact the industry had on the formation and evolution of Savannah.
Written December 28, 2021
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Vanessa W
Cary, NC359 contributions
Aug 2021
Frist time going here and worth the visit. Great models of ships that mostly were in the Savannah area. Learned a lot about savannah history that i did not know. Huge Models of ships including the Titantic such detail! Scrimshaw and other sailor art on display as well. Housed in a very old savannha historic home that has a history of its own worth knowing. Beautiful grounds that can be rented out for venues as well. They accept AAA give you 2 dollars off 9 Dollar entry fee. there is a parking lot free on property. as well as bathrooms in garden area.
Written August 21, 2021
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MonkMcG
3 contributions
Sep 2021
Step away from historic and haunted homes; step away from great food and southern charm. Investigate the real heart of Savannah...the sea and the ships that sailed her. This city was built on maritime trade and if you don't see this side of the story, you will never know the city
Written July 22, 2022
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Jenni N.
24 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
We visited this museum because it was included with our Savannah TourPass, and it was worth the trip. The grounds outside are stunning and are certainly beautiful when the azaleas are in bloom. Inside, you will find historically significant naval ships from the era of sailing through the nuclear age. The detail and craftsmanship are spectacular. You don’t have to be a naval history buff to enjoy this museum. Plan to spend an hour to 90 minutes to see everything.
Written March 31, 2021
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blackriverwoman
Virginia423 contributions
Dec 2021
There is plenty of free parking here but appears to be in a bad part of Savannah. There are signs to keep your valuables out of sight. This museum is in a beautiful old mansion that is part of the history of Savannah. The credit card machine was not working so be prepared to pay in cash. The lighting inside the museum is very poor and we were unable to read a lot of the exhibits. There are lots of beautiful paintings, furniture, ship models, and vintage navigational instruments, as well as scrimshaw carvings, sailor arts and crafts, and souvenir porcelain for sweethearts and family back home on display. There is also a walkable garden out back as well as a large area for gatherings with art on display. If you are afraid of heights, do not go to the second story of this house. The metal stairway is very narrow and you can see down 3 stories to the basement as you climb the stairs. The second story also has a large opening in the middle of the floor with railing around it looking onto the ground floor. The wide plank wood floor creaks with every step like it is going to collapse at any time. The openings to the rooms that surround the second floor are circular and you must exit each room, walk along the wall to enter the next room, all the while seeing the large opening in the floor to the ground floor below.
Written December 20, 2021
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AngelaKW502
Louisville, KY32 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The museum is NOT handicap accessible. We were looking for the handicap entrance and were told their lift was broke. After finally making it up the entrance steps, and the employee standing there watching the struggle, there was never anything said that only the outside lift to the main house was broke and there was NO elevator inside to the 2nd floor. 1 person in the group couldn't see 1/2 of the museum as it is located on 2 floors.
It was a history of Savannah Maritime and renaming it more that way would be more accurate.
Written September 8, 2022
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Good Morning, Thank you for your feedback. I apologize that you and your party did not have a good experience with us. We're continuing to work to improve and enhance our visitor experience and accessibility. Thank you again for your thoughtful feedback.
Written September 9, 2022
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nadinebryant
Thomasville, GA6 contributions
Oct 2021
If you enjoy the history of ships this is a good place to go. The displays they have are awesome. I have read about some of the ships they have on display, but then being able to see the display of the ship made the readings so much better. The Gardens at the Museum are very nice it gave you an idea of how the Garden's would have been during time period of the house.
Written October 6, 2021
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Chris L
58 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited this museum with the expectation that we would get a detailed understanding of the ship building and design process. This museum is housed in a historically significant house -which is interesting in and of itself. The museum though is a self guided tour of 2 floors dedicated to model ships and the history of those ships. As expected the emphasis is on ships from and of Savannah. While the museum was not what we expected it was still very interesting.
Written March 15, 2022
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Queen J
California2,101 contributions
Apr 2021
I stopped in and spent about an hour here. The models are very detailed and for the most part, categorized by time period and function. It is a small museum with 4 or 5 small exhibit rooms on the ground floor and the same on the upper floor, but there were many more ships than I expected. The signs near the models were informative; they also have an app that provides more detailed information about the displays. If you have an hour, it's worth a quick look-see.

*The displays are lit well enough to view, but it is very difficult to get good pictures because of the glare of the glass and the other displays in the background.
Written May 9, 2021
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