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“A must visit if going to Savannah!”

Mercer Williams House Museum
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Ranked #28 of 210 things to do in Savannah
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This home and museum is now open for tours - but don't ask them about the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" book or movie.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A must visit if going to Savannah!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

My wife and I loved "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and when we walked by the Mercer House we had to stop by for a visit - and glad we did!

Tours were every 15 minutes and last 30 minutes each. Tours take place from the museum behind the house and begin in the garden and encompass the first floor of the mansion only - but it's well worth the $15.00 fee. The only thing that was disappointing was that you CANNOT take photos. Otherwise, it was incredible.

Check it out!

Visited March 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Would like to have seen more of the house”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our guide for the tour had one of the best voices I have ever heard - I could have listened to him all day and his respect for the house and family and total enthusiasm for his job was simply brilliant.
I would like to have seen some more of the house (i.e.. upstairs) but as it is still the family house at times during the year I do understand why we only were able to see the main floor.
A must see attraction in Savannah and our guide answered all the questions asked of him with integrity and great positivity.
Photos are not allowed in the house so please bear that in mind before paying for a tour.

Visited March 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent House Tour”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

I totally disagree with the Trip Advisor description that says don't ask about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. We had an excellent tour guide who told the group that we could ask him anything. He also showed us photos of Clint Eastwood and Kevin Spacey that are framed in the house and he shared some facts about the filming. He told us (unprompted) which room the shooting took place in. Not to mention the fact that they sell the book in the gift shop.

I can't say enough good things about our tour guide. He was really knowledgeable about the house and seemed to take a personal interest in it.

The house itself is beautiful, as are the gardens. It overlooks Monterey Square, which is very charming as well. There are also a lot of interesting antiques and artifacts throughout the house.

My only complaint is that we only got to see four rooms, but I understand that is because Jim Williams' sister still lives in the house.

I would recommend booking tickets online or calling ahead. The tours are fairly frequent, but they fill up quickly so you could end up waiting a while if you don't book in advance.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Meg M
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Nashville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great for antique collectors or literature buffs”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

This was a great tour that included detailed info about the art & antiques in the house, as well as some Savannah history. Several movies have been filmed here, including, of course, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. Our docent was named Warren and he was amazing!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great for Movie and History Buffs”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you've seen "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," you have to do the Mercer House tour, where the movie was filmed. House fronts Monterey Square on Bull Street just north of Forsyth Park, which has that beautiful fountain where UGa was walked. The tour begins in carriage house/ now gift shop in back and takes you through the first floor, explains the art work,etc. Fascinating. One room has some good shots of Kevin Spacey, Clint Eastwood (director) and Jim Williams' family (sister currently lives in the mansion, which is why the second floor is off limits.) Williams is credited with restoring many Savannah mansions and his attention to detail is evident. This is a unique peek at a true southern mansion. Garden is great. Ask questions. Our guide went a little too fast, but the rooms have obviously been rearranged. (Didn't Jude Law/Billy die in front of a fireplace?) Gift shop offers some gems like a CD "Emma at Midnight" with 47 cuts of music used in film, played by Miss Emma, who entertained during Christmas party in film. She actually entertained in Savannah, now deceased, like most of the supporting cast pulled from the city. (Lady Chablis entertains once a month and ad libbed her preformance. Why is that not surprising?) Call first to reserve tickets. Tour is short, only 30 minutes, but popular. Bathroom for guests in corner of gift shop under some hangingclothes. Ask at register if you can't find it.

Visited March 2013
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