Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum
Savannah's Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum serves as an ode to 18th and 19th-century vessels within a gorgeous and stately 1819 historic home.
Also called the William Scarbrough House and Gardens, this museum was first founded in 1966. The exhibits inside include ship models, paintings, and maritime antiques, all mostly from the great era of Atlantic trade and travel between England and American during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are 9 galleries total, each working to 'interpret the rich story of Savannah's maritime history'. See colonial vessels, ironclads, ocean-going steamers, and modern navy ship replicas while here, each ship meticulously researched and detailed (scale 3/8" = 1'). Some examples of models you will see include the Steamship Savannah, The Anne, The Wanderer, City of Savannah, and RMS Titanic.
The Scarbrough House itself was built in 1819 and is one of the earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture in this area. It served as a public school from the 1870s to the 1960s, was abandon for a short time, then turned into the museum it is today in 1966. Be sure you save plenty of time to explore the Gardens, the largest private gardens in the historic district of Savannah. They are typical of 19th-century parlor gardens, filled with mostly native species such as broad-leafed evergreens, camellias, azaleas, magnolias, and boxwood.
There are guided group tours available, student educational programs, and various public classes such as ones on the Art of Scrimshaw, Sailors Valentines, and Women Pirates.