Museums open for free this Super Museum Sunday
Written by Kelsey Sanchez
The Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday will be held this Sunday at various partner museums throughout Georgia. Art museums, nature museums, historical landmarks, house museums and more will be open to Georgians, students and tourists with free entrance participating locations.
There is something for everyone this Sunday. Below are 10 diverse museums with free entry.
Oatland Island Wildlife
Oatland was founded on three missions: modeling conservation-minded behaviors and practices, enhancing their guest’s connection to the nature and maintaining fun, safe environments. They will be hosting six food trucks for Super Museum Monday.
711 Sandtown Rd Savannah, GA
*15-minute drive from Oglethorpe house (about half-way to Tybee Island)
Free entry from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., food trucks from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Food trucks include: Molly’s Fish & Chips, Ben & Jerry’s, For Real Dough, Chazito’s Latin Cuisine, Sweet Spice and Prowl
Congregation Mickve Israel
This congregation is home to the two oldest Torah scrolls in North America, a Holocaust Torah and a collection of letters from Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and 11 other presidents. Group tours require advanced arrangements. Tours last between 35-45 minutes.
20 E Gordon St., Savannah Georgia 31401
Free entry from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Alongside their nine galleries of ship models, maritime paintings and artifacts, “Life at Sea” activities will be presented in the garden. Some of their ship models include the Anne, which carried the first 114 colonists to Georgia, the Wanderer, which was used illegally to import slaves from Africa, and the Titanic.
41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah GA 31401
Free entry from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Bonaventure Historical Society
Once a plantation, this cemetery sprawls in over 100 acres and gained notoriety from John Berendt’s novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Monuments, trees and wildlife blend in this magnificent Victorian-style garden.
330 Bonaventure Rd., Savannah, GA
Free entry from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with tours at 2, 2:30 and 3.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, National Historic Landmark
Owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of U.S.A., this house museum educates visitors on their founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. The organization is nearly three million members strong. Their mission is building girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah GA 31401
Pin Point Heritage Museum
For nearly 100 years, this isolated island was inhabited by the Gullah/Geechee people, who were freed slaves and the descendants of freed slaves. The museum is a refurbished oyster and crab factory. Visitors can view multi-media, interactive presentations and vast marshlands.
9924 Pin Point Ave., Savannah
*19-minute drive from Oglethorpe house
Free entry from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., no tours on this day
Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center
Pet friendly (with leashes of course), packed with wildlife and home to one of the superior remains in the history of southeast canals. This nature center offers a museum with exhibits about Canal history, archeology and birding, over two miles of hiking and wetland boardwalks.
681 Fort Argyle Rd. (Rte. 204) 2.3 miles past I-95
*22-minute drive from Oglethorpe house
Free entry from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All three Telfair sites (Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Academy and Owens-Thomas House) are offering free entry from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. All locations may be reached at (912) 790-8802.
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is located on 124 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401.
Museum visitors explore the relationships between Savannah’s most powerful members of society, and its most vulnerable people from the early 19th century.
Jepson Center for the Arts is located on 207 W York St Savannah, GA 31401. Current installations include “Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out,” “Monet to Matisse: Masters of French Impressionism” and “Derek G. Larsons: Très Mall.”
Telfair Academy is a historic mansion located on 121 Barnard Street Savannah, GA 31401. William Jay, a notable architect of the Regency period, designed the house museum. Inside the home is the story of the Telfair Academy’s evolution from family home to a multi-gallery museum.