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“More than ship models”

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ranked #30 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum houses a collection of models and paintings of historic ships.
Acton, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“More than ship models”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

This small museum houses a good selection of marine art and to-scale ship models (many of them built in the past 20 years). Read other reviews for comments on this.
But to me the more interesting items were artifacts that told the story of coastal commerce in the 19th. Century. Schedules and fares for passenger liner service from Savannah to Baltimore, New York and Boston. Dining room place settings. Menus. Entertainments. The history of the liners (some models, too), their frequent loss at sea in storms and their gradual demise as WW2 approached. And before that, items from naval history, exploration, navigation and whaling. For me this was a refuge on a rainy afternoon that turned out to be a fascinating glimpse into times gone by.

Visited April 2013
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ShipsoftheSea, Event Assitant at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your time here at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. It is unbelievable how rich Savannah is with maritime history and commerce. Not to mention, it's incredibly interesting to see the difference between maritime life then and now. Boy did they have their work cut out for them back then. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you again!

Sara Seesholtz
Events Assistant
9-20-13
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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“well worth the visit”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

very informative and lots of good photo opportunities. lots of really interesting history and of course cool models of ships ;)
just go u'll like!

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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110 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“If you like museums”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This one is right on the hop-on / hop-off tour line. Or if you are staying in the historic district anyway, you could probably walk to it. I am glad some far sighted people in Savannah saved this wonderful old mansion. It was ready for the wrecking ball in the 70's but by turning it into a maritime museum they've preserved the mansion and offer an interesting maritime museum to boot. The house has an interesting story as well. It's worth the admission but we got in with our tour bus pass.

Visited August 2013
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ShipsoftheSea, Events Assistant at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
We're grateful that our house was spared from the wrecking ball as well! The William Scarbrough house is a true Savannah treasure that shouldn't be missed. We are blessed to have such a wonderful collection on the inside, as well as lush gardens on the outside. Thanks for stopping by and come back to see us again.

Sara Seesholtz
Events
912-232-1511
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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing models and art”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Amazing collection of larger sized (approx 3-8') ship models and associated art work. Have been to a lot of maritime museum, never seen so many large models together. Details are amazing, many have cut-outs showing internal designs, crew and equipment. Iron Clads and sinking Titanic models near the end have to be seen! Only down side is it doesn't really 'tell' the maritime history of Savannah (beyond the model/art descriptions)...I would have enjoyed a section on local maritime history (ports, trade, ship building, wrecks etc).

Visited August 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“History Offered”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had a great experience at this place, lots of history offered. More exciting to see a maritime world in different way. A must visit and look for CSS Georgia

Visited August 2013
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