Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The museum is located in the historic William Scarbrough House in Historic District of Savannah. The collection includes model ships and maritime artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also features the largest private garden in the Historic District of Savannah. The gardens take up a whole city block and are free to the public. Admission to the museum is $15 and there's a free parking lot directly adjacent to the museum for visitors!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • SKonDI2023
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring a flashlight:)
    We had a great time viewing all the model ships. Great way to spend an hour reading some interesting history of Savannah, as well as more general Maritime stories. We also had a helpful guide.
    Thank you so much! We're happy you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 16 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Monica
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time to visit, but needs clear directions on how to enter since main entrance is closed.
    There was a note posted at the front to enter through the garden but no other signage or employee posted to direct us from there. We wandered around for several minutes until we found the gift shop entrance. It would’ve been nice to have signage or directions posted. Once inside the museum, the experience was great. All the employees were nice and informative. The displays were amazing.
    We appreciate your feedback and will work to make the entrance communication more visible. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again!
    Written 6 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Display of Intricately Detailed Model Ships
    Ships at Sea Maritine Museum is housed in the lovely Greek Revival Scarbrough House designed by English architect William Jay. The home in the historic district was restored by a Historic Savannah Foundation in the 70s and in the 90s became the maritime museum. One may enjoy the museum at leisure and enjoy amazing ship models, painting, and other antiques like scrimshaw, china, and other relics. Upon arrival be sure to get a mini flashlight to look inside the models at all the incredible details on the ships.
    We are so thrilled that you stopped by and enjoyed your stay at Ships of the Sea! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with everyone.
    Written 5 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Brian S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ships of the Sea, a great museum
    It is a phenomenal museum, with fantastic ship models. It also has wonderful gardens outside. There are many great artworks as well. Scrimshaw, bow figurines, ships in a bottle, and more. I highly recommend it if you visit Savannah.
    We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and took the time to let everyone know! We hope to see you again!
    Written 27 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Allyn O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing I saw in Savannah
    This is the real gem of our trip to Savannah. Sure we saw the sights, rode the river, and generally went everywhere we could in our three days here. Don Goll knew so much about every little details of the models. Go here if you like history.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to come visit us and share your wonderful experience!
    Written 23 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • adventuringamyk
    Georgia74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Model ships
    This museum has amazing model ships from old wooden vessels to current. The models are huge and have great detail. The building itself is beautiful. The grounds, though small, are pleasant to walk around.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and tell us about your experience! We're so glad that you enjoyed the models, building and gardens and would love to see you again next time you are in town!
    Written 6 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Patricia A
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Detailed Ship Models
    The displays here are phenomenal in their detail. Most notably the Titanic. But other ships are also reproduced with great detail, including cut-a-ways that allow you to see inside the ship. We were a bit put off by how difficult it was to find an entrance into the museum. Renovations were being done on the front entrance, so we had to enter by the back through the garden. Signage was poor and we had to ask nearby workers for directions.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2024
  • mlc317
    Browns Mills, New Jersey238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Craftsmanship and Artistry
    You don't necessarily have to be a maritime enthusiast to enjoy this museum. It is housed in a beautiful historic home and the displays cover many rooms and floors. There are several guides around to answer questions. There's artwork and ships in bottles and the architecture of the building adds to the delight and there is a garden on the property as well. It's appropriate for all ages.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 May 2024
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mlc317
Browns Mills, NJ238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
You don't necessarily have to be a maritime enthusiast to enjoy this museum. It is housed in a beautiful historic home and the displays cover many rooms and floors. There are several guides around to answer questions. There's artwork and ships in bottles and the architecture of the building adds to the delight and there is a garden on the property as well. It's appropriate for all ages.
Written 8 May 2024
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Patricia A
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The displays here are phenomenal in their detail. Most notably the Titanic. But other ships are also reproduced with great detail, including cut-a-ways that allow you to see inside the ship. We were a bit put off by how difficult it was to find an entrance into the museum. Renovations were being done on the front entrance, so we had to enter by the back through the garden. Signage was poor and we had to ask nearby workers for directions.
Written 17 April 2024
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ednjenny
Salem, IL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing little museum. Many models of ships of all kinds. They were well done and very impressive. The gardens outside are also wonderful.
Written 26 March 2024
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adventuringamyk
Georgia74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This museum has amazing model ships from old wooden vessels to current. The models are huge and have great detail. The building itself is beautiful. The grounds, though small, are pleasant to walk around.
Written 5 March 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and tell us about your experience! We're so glad that you enjoyed the models, building and gardens and would love to see you again next time you are in town!
Written 6 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Meander51957721151
Fernandina Beach, FL2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah GA on 2/18/2024. Paid $25 for two admissions, the fee for which included parking in the Museum parking lot. I was very disturbed to return to my car upon leaving, and find a notice on my windshield from the Museum abruptly stating that I was parked "IN VIOLATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY, THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING. IF FOUND IN VIOLATION AGAIN, YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TOWED." This was inappropriate, inaccurate, and exceptionally rude guest relations from the Museum staff, who admitted to the mistake, telling me that they get a lot of people parking there that do not visit the Museum. I told them that mistakes such as this, by them, would be easy to avoid if they either gave guests a simple parking pass to put in their car window when the guest bought their ticket, or if they simply had each guest register their vehicle license plate number at the time of ticket purchase. The staff member did not seem interested in my suggestions, and did not apologize for ticketing my car - he only made excuses. The second disturbing aspect of my paid visit was that, as can be seen on the bank credit card record, the Museum is categorizing payments as "miscellaneous food stores - convenience market" instead of "Museums." What is up with that? Makes one wonder if they are in compliance with USA non-profit tax laws, or attempting some other shady practice. Is sum, the museum operations or administrative staff appear to be uncaring and rude to their guests, and inept at managing their administrative and operational responsibilities.
Written 20 February 2024
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We apologize for your unpleasant experience and appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We are currently in transition to different parking management, and we strive to be sure our guests have easily available parking. We apologize for our mistake and will look into implementing a pass system so that this doesn't happen again. We also work tirelessly to be sure that we are in compliance with all certifications and tax laws, and happily provide our licenses and documentation on our walls in view of the public. Thank you for your patience and honesty and will do our best to improve the experience for our future guests.
Written 21 February 2024
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Allyn O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is the real gem of our trip to Savannah. Sure we saw the sights, rode the river, and generally went everywhere we could in our three days here. Don Goll knew so much about every little details of the models. Go here if you like history.
Written 27 December 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to come visit us and share your wonderful experience!
Written 23 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Allan S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Amazing scale models.
Wonderful informative experience!
So much knowledge and experience on display.
How we take the ocean for granted.
Written 26 November 2023
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It's amazing how much information there is that we still uncover everyday! Thank you so much for coming to visit us and tell everyone about your experience!
Written 27 November 2023
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Brian S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It is a phenomenal museum, with fantastic ship models. It also has wonderful gardens outside. There are many great artworks as well. Scrimshaw, bow figurines, ships in a bottle, and more. I highly recommend it if you visit Savannah.
Written 18 November 2023
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and took the time to let everyone know! We hope to see you again!
Written 27 November 2023
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David M
Westmount, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
An amazingly well presented historical description of Savannah’s relationship with the sea. Detailed models and kind interpreters ( Thankyou Don) make this a great experience.
Written 9 November 2023
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It's so wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us! Don has such a rich knowledge of our history, and we are so fortunate to have him. Thank you for taking the time to give us your review and we hope to see you again!
Written 10 November 2023
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Jeff
Charleston, SC1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
As a Charlsetown native i was shocked by the lack of hospitality and the rudeness of the male employee. never before has a museum put me off this badly
Written 14 October 2023
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We apologize for your unpleasant experience and thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can improve.
Written 17 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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