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“I found the same desk I had in grade school”

Massie Heritage Center
Ranked #46 of 210 things to do in Savannah
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Owner description: The Massie Heritage Center should be your first stop in Georgia's first city! Massie provides the best orientation for your visit with a 3D model of Savannah's entire Historic District, including three laser-lit narratives of the city's history projected onto the model. Massie's six exhibit rooms inside the historic 1856 Greek Revival school house offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about Savannah's many architectural styles, the earliest inhabitants of the Georgia coast, the historic preservation movement in the city, and what school was like in the 1800s inside our authentic heritage classroom. We are located on beautiful Calhoun Square, Savannah's only architecturally original square, at the corner of Abercorn and Gordon streets. We look forward to seeing you!
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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497 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“I found the same desk I had in grade school”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We enjoyed the Center- it made us feel good. I got the feel of what it would have been like to atten school many years ago. This was a very civilized school in a very civilized city.

Visited September 2013
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Barrington, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Educational!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We found this very interesting. Displays are well done with lots of reading. You can do it in about 40 minutes

Visited September 2013
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Raleigh, NC
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hop off the Trolley and go in!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

The Massie Heritage Center is located in the old Massie school. The classroom is set up as how it appeared 100 years ago, there are costumes for the kids to try on, chalk and slates. The slates are roughly the size of a iPad so its kind of cool to see how far we have come in 100 years.

There is a model of the city of Savannah that took a couple years to create, an architecture of Savannah exhibit. Interesting for adults with things to keep the kids occupied. It doesn't take long to go through it and the trolley stop is right in front of the door.

You do have to pay to get in, but since I can't remember how much it was ,it wasn't expensive.

Visited September 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

I was doing a self guide walk around the area and stumbled across the 'Massie' center . Oh, my word did I so enjoy the leisurely walk around the floors. I found the huge construction of Savannah and the narrative explaining the growth of Savannah, on the ground floor so interesting. I also so enjoyed the mock classroom and looking at all the artifacts and photos of the school children and their teachers. Fascinating looking at the books and I particularly felt emotional regarding the story of the fan and the photo of the teacher who had received the fan from her class. Wonderful, wonderful place and an ideal place to take children to see how their older generation dressed and learnt in school . Also the interaction for children and various exhibitions. Well done.

Visited August 2013
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Middlesex, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Interesting. Some nice interactive elements for children.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

The Massie was the first public school in Georgia. There are separate rooms featuring the design of the town, the native american background, the preservation efforts and the school. Throughout, there are interesting areas for children to learn and interact with the exhibits. For instance, there are wooden blocks to use to "plan" the city and wheels to turn to match different styles of arches and some clothing to try on that the children who attended the school in the past would have worn.
The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It is a nice place to visit to learn a bit about the history of Savannah.

Visited September 2013
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