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Explore the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah

Explore the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah

If you enjoy learning about maritime history and exploring old homes, don't miss visiting the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.

It's known as one of the top 25 things to do in Savannah, and the museum's collection is found inside the elaborate home of William Scarbrough.

He was one of the primary owners of the Steamship Savannah and the head of the Savannah Steamboat Company, and as visitors explore the property they can enjoy:


The museum features nine galleries of artifacts, maritime paintings, and model ships. Most of the models were commissioned by the museum to interpret the city's fascinating maritime history. All feature delicate details and highlights include The Anne. This ship sailed to America in the fall of 1732 with the first colonists to the new colony of Georgia. It took two months to arrive in Beaufort where the passengers disembarked before being carried in small boats to the future site of Savannah.

Scarbrough House

Built in 1819, the Scarbrough House is one of the South's earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture. William called the home the "Castle," and it was constructed in of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Savannah. A restoration was completed in 1997 and featured a new roof based on a documented design by William Jay, the original architect.

The Garden

The museum is home to the largest private garden in the Historic District. Its design takes visitors back in time to a 19th-century parlor garden, and the entrance is surrounded by towering broadleaf evergreens. Other plantings include magnolias, azaleas, and camellias. The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is just one of the attractions near our apartments in Savannah, GA. If you're thinking about calling our community home, please contact our leasing consultants. They'd love to give you a tour.

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