Super Museum Sunday Spotlight: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Photograph of the Civil War Gallery courtesy of Adam Kuehl and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Ship models created by William E. Hitchcock.

The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah, GS, will join over one hundred museums and historical sites throughout the state in participating in Super Museum Sunday on February 11, 2024, as part of the Georgia Historical Society’s annual Georgia History Festival.

Ships of the Sea Features nine galleries of ship models, as well as maritime artifacts, and paintings. The models trace the maritime history of the city of Savannah from the colonial period to modern day, including ironclads, steamships, yachts, modern naval vessels, and more. Each model commissioned by the museum has been intricately detailed and built to a 3/8” = 1’ scale.

The museum is housed in the historic Scarbrough House, a 19th century Greek Revival home in downtown Savannah. The house was built for and named after William Scarbrough, who owned the steamship Savannah. The home operated as a school for nearly a century after Scarbrough’s death, until the mansion was abandoned in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s, the building was acquired by the Historic Savannah Foundation, and reconstructed into the Ships of the Sea Museum in 1996.

In addition to its maritime collection, the museum is home to the largest private garden in the historic district. Comprised of plants from the period of the homes construction, the Scarbrough garden serves as an event venue as well as a living history exhibit. Housed within the garden is a cast iron Weather Bureau Kiosk, which once served as the official U.S weather station in Savannah.

Ships of the Sea, located at 41 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, will be offering free admission to all visitors from Noon to four on Sunday, February 11th.

For more information about the Ships of the Museum, visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum website.

Learn more about the Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday.