HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: MLK DAY, PRESIDENTS' DAY, ST. PATRICK'S DAY, EASTER, MEMORIAL DAY, JULY 4, LABOR DAY, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY, NEW YEAR'S EVE AND DAY
PIONEERS IN PRESERVATION PASS:For the discounted price of $21.00 you can visit the homes where Savannah's preservation movement began: William Scarbrough House (Ships of the Sea), Isaiah Davenport House, and the Andrew Low House.
Due to the Rock and Roll Marathon Ships of the Sea will open at 12:30 p.m.on Saturday, 2 November 2019
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
The Museum is located in historic downtown Savannah at 41 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, between the Holiday Inn and The Gray restaurant. Ships of the Sea is only one block west of City Market and a few blocks north of the Visitor Center. Free parking is available for guests in the Museum's parking lot located on the south side of the building. To view a Google map of the Museum's location please click here.
TOURS & GROUP PROGRAMS
The Museum is arranged for self-guided tours. Please expect to spend at least one hour on site to explore the galleries and gardens. For groups of 10 or more Ships of the Sea can provide a guided tour of the Museum with a reservation in advance. The Museum also offers many educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. All student programs include educational tours. The Museum offers classes on the art of scrimshaw, sailor's valentines, and women pirates. You may learn more about the Museum's educational programs and tours here or you can contact Wendy Melton through our website or at 912-232-1511, email@example.com reservations and information.
THE GIFT SHOP
The shop contains a large selection of books related to maritime life, arts, and history. In addition there is also a variety of books on Southern gardening, architecture, and history. Gifts related to the maritime theme of the Museum are available for all ages. For more information please visit our gift shop page.
RESEARCH, APPRAISALS & DONATIONS
Given the Museum's mission, acquisition of artifacts is limited to items relating to Savannah's maritime history. If you have an item for donation you feel would be appropriate to the Museum's collection, please contact Ships of the Sea's curator through our website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ships of the Sea Museum does not offer appraisals of maritime artifacts, nor is it equipped to provide research services. For regional maritime inquiries the Mariners' Museum in Virginia provides quite a bit of research information.
For more information on the architecture of the Old South you may be interested in the definitive ten-volume Architecture of the Old South book series available from Savannah's Beehive Press. The Beehive Press publishes numerous books on the social and architectural history of Savannah and Georgia history, including the illustrated Savannah Revisited.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
At present we offer limited accessibility. The gardens and pavilion (where the collection video may be viewed) are wheelchair accessible (There are curb cuts and four handicapped spaces in the parking lots.) The basement level, housing our wheelhouse and classroom (where the collection video may also be viewed) is five steps below ground level and may be accessed by foot or by portable ramp.
Each restroom has a stall with raised seat and hand rails, with just enough room for a wheelchair to be pulled up head-on to the seat.
The main floor, housing the main part of the collection, is eleven steps above ground level, the second floor 22 steps above the main floor. Since the balustrade at the main entrance to the Museum does not have a handrail, many people with difficulties with stairs prefer to enter the Museum by going down the short 5 steps to enter the basement and then access the first floor by means of the inner 16-step stairwell which has a handrail. At present, due to a conflict between city regulations and those of the Department of the Interior regulating historic sites, we do not have an elevator or lift.
Persons with disabilities and one other guest are offered free admission to the Museum.
Since the Museum is set up for self-touring, there are descriptive placards in all exhibits, as well as scrimshaw, pulleys, rope and other maritime equipment that can be examined by hand.
With prior notice, the Museum will make a docent available to a guest with a disability to provide an introduction to the collection, house and gardens; set up a video presentation on the collection in the pavilion or classroom; introduce display items in the classroom, and make Museum publications or additional videos available to the guest.
The Museum website has educational videos, a virtual tour of the Museum galleries and garden, among other features.
In order for us to make your visit as pleasant as possible, please call 912-232-1511 or email with questions or to inform us of your visit so that we may plan ahead. Tour groups must inform us at the time of booking if we will need to make accommodations.