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Arts & Museums
Thousands of researchers visit The Georgia Historical Society's Hodgson Hall, circa 1875, to sit beneath the high vaulted ceilings of the library and delve into the vast archives. Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of Georgia History, a mission made evident by its expansive collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century manuscripts, maps, images, diaries, business records and government and military papers. The society coordinates the state's historical marker program and sponsors lectures and public programs throughout the year. Call for details. Free admission.
This vibrant museum and learning center in the heart of the Historic District is a great resource for introducing kids to the wonders of history. Interactive exhibits include presentations on Savannah's history, architecture, industry and development. A schoolroom lets little guests imagine themselves in the roles of their hard-studying forebears, and even presents a comprehensive study of the evolution of education from ancient times to modern days.
Three floors of exhibits fill this museum dedicated to Savannah's African American heritage and civil rights movement. Named after a famous Savannah civil rights leader and pastor of Savannah's First African Baptist Church for 16 years, the museum presents photographs and various exhibits. A video presentation chronicles the civil rights movement in Savannah through the eyes of people who were there. The building, circa 1914, was at one time the largest black bank in the U.S.
Built during the 18th century for General Hugh Mercer, great-grandfather of songwriter Johnny Mercer, The Mercer Williams House was bought and restored by Jim Williams in 1969. The place is also the setting of the classic-book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Each room of the house is filled with furnishings, paintings, antiques and Chinese porcelain collected by Williams. Recently opened to the public, the house tour is an excellent way to spend the afternoon and you can buy souvenirs at the Carriage.
The historic Georgia State Railroad Museum was earlier referred to as the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. This museum is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is nestled in a historical district. Avail its tour to explore this lovely site that gives an insight into the working of a locomotive or simply enjoy a rail ride. Check website for details.
This National Historic Landmark site is home to the only preserved railroad shops complex and roundhouse of its size. The brick industrial buildings, constructed in the mid 1800s, are a testament to the importance of the railroad to Savannah and the U.S. The 125-foot tall smokestack that still stands is very impressive. The giant turntable still works, and the collection of locomotives and railroad cars, many of which have been fully restored and are operational, are often rolled out and moved.
The Savannah History Museum, located in the Savannah Visitor Information Center, offers a taste of the city's rich history. An open atmosphere invites visitors to wander through the varied exhibits in no particular order and at no particular pace. The park bench from the movie Forrest Gump is here, as is a steam locomotive from the Central of Georgia Railroad. Do not miss the exhibit on fashion and history with a display of women's evening gowns from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, Jepson Center for the Arts is a state-of the-art museum building that is nothing short of an architectural marvel! The building features about 14,000 square-feet of exhibition space, two outdoor terraces, a 200-seat auditorium, library, cafe and a store. An expansion of Telfair Museum of Art, the art center has galleries dedicated to African-American art, traveling exhibitions, an education center and much more. Located near the Telfair Square and connected to the main museum through two glass bridges, the Center is a major tourist attraction.
Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The Owens-Thomas House, circa 1819. The granddaughter of longtime owner Congressman and Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens donated the house and its contents to the art museum in 1951. Now, as a gallery of period art and furnishings and classic architecture, The Owens-Thomas House is open for visitors to enjoy.
Completed in 1820, this handsome building on Columbia Square is one of the city's finest examples of Federal architecture. Its proposed destruction in 1953 caused such a public outcry that seven local women raised over $20,000 to prevent it. From this impetus was born the Historic Savannah Foundation, which through the years has been responsible for restoring over 1000 historically and architecturally significant city structures.
Opened in 1886, after wealthy art collector Mary Telfair left her estate and belongings to the Georgia Society, this is the oldest art museum in Southern territory. Made up of three buildings, with very different, but equally fascinating architecture, the art and cultural artifacts inside are not the only jewels to see. The Telfair Academy has a neo-classical design and offers a glimpse into 19th century life. The Owens-Thomas House is a national historical landmark given to the museum in 1951. The newest 2006 Jepson Center offers a 64,000-sq. foot space, bringing modernism to the century-old museum. From art classes, to rotating and permanent collections, this museum offers visitors a chance to transport themselves in time. Visit the museum store on the way out, or even rent out space for a private party.
Budding artists in Savannah find an outlet to showcase their works through the Chroma Gallery. Featuring contemporary and fine art, prominent works include lavish landscapes. The tonnes of canvases hung on the walls also contain industrial and botanical works. Sticking to the traditional oil painting methods, the gallery features works of over 15 regular artists around the area. A modest collection of glass and jewelery art is also on show.