Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:10 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Guided tours of historic mansion featured in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" featuring five centuries of artwork and antiques collected by notable historic preservationist Jim Williams.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Carlos C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 - Amazing Tour!!!
    This experience is utterly amazing!!! The staff is very kind and knowledgeable, and they provide an amazing services. We were greeted by Carol, who helped us schedule the tour. She was incredible. As far as our tour is concerned, Zack did an excellent job and was able to answer all of our questions. Overall, I recommend this tour 100% if you’re in the Savannah area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • NYProf
    Clarence, New York8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tribute to Jim Williams' skills as an art and antique dealer
    My wife and I went for a tour as we are both fans of The Book. The tour was fantastic, goes well beyond what is in the book, and is well worth the time. The house is still being run by people from Jim Williams' family and they have painstakingly kept it up. Some family members still live on the second floor, so the tour is of the first floor only. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the house and the paintings and antiques that Jim Williams collected over the years as a very successful antique dealer. We both learned a great deal. The guide glossed over the more salacious aspects of Jim Williams' life, so don't go looking for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Geramii Woodrum
    Raleigh, North Carolina50 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Historic House But A Very Rushed Tour
    We took a tour on 8/4/23. I am a HUGE history fan so I absolutely LOVE taking house tours and learning about the family’s that once lived there. This house is stunning and Jim Williams did a lot of great things for the city of Savannah, GA as well as other cities in the south to preserve its history/historical houses. When we took the tour they took us to the gardens as well as 4 rooms and a hallway. I do wish that the tour talked more about Jim Williams, his life, and what great things he did than talk about the antiques, where they came from, and how much they are worth during most of the tour. I personally thought it was rushed and I couldn’t really get to see the rooms very well because there were a lot of people. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there were less people on the tour and got to look at the rooms without feeling rushed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Travelingtresses
    Mocksville, North Carolina8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for Curiosity, stay for the craftsmanship and beauty
    Had the pleasure of touring Mercer-Williams House on a slow mid-week afternoon. Somehow I lucked out and was the only person in my time slot. My tour guide Max, was delightful and we were able to spend the tour discussing the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship of the home.I had read “the book” and watched the movie when they were first released. Always surreal when you experience a place firsthand.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • cdandoy
    Gilbert, Arizona1,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Wonderful tour! Blair did an excellent job of explaining about the house and its history. Went at a good speed. Only negative is the same spot you purchase tickets is in the tightly packed gift shop register line. It would be nice to have separate lines.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Cindy F
    Utah8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty good Tour
    I was disappointed that I only got to see one floor, and a few rooms. Also, no photos. But, having Max for a tour guide made up for it. He was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and willing to converse and answer all questions. It ended up being worth the money, just to be able to say I did.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
  • tracy l
    La Follette, Tennessee146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a tour that I truly enjoyed.
    5 out of 5 stars for this tour. We are traveling as a family of adults (not an option for reviews) but what a great tour. Grady was our tour guide and he was fabulous. I had taken a tour years ago and enjoyed it. I was glad to bring my daughter and mother back. The home is well preserved and lovely. The garden is gorgeous and the antiques never disappoint. Grady made this tour fun and informative.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • 54tomas
    Coral Springs, Florida544 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop
    If your a fan of the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil you’ll love the tour. You aren’t allowed to take pictures and that was a disappointment. The history of the house and old Savannah made the tour worthwhile. The architecture was and still is amazing. Enjoy
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Life2Travel
    Charlotte, North Carolina1,620 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not my favorite house
    Not my favorite tour, maybe it would be more interesting if you had read the book or seen the movie. Thankfully the tour was inexpensive and only 30 minutes. You only see the bottom floor consisting of 3 rooms as the upstairs is being lived in by the family.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • blueXjello
    Dahlonega, Georgia634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long-Awaited Tour Doesn't Disappoint
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is one of my all time favorite books (even named one of my childhood cats after beautiful Lady Chablis!). Though I live only a few short hours from Savannah, I've awaited my tour through this home for many many years! It did not disappoint. Grady knew his stuff and did an amazing job of leading this tour. It was my partners first experience with MW, it was so fun to hear this incredible history. Thank you!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
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Richard S
Northbrook, IL48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I had the good fortune to have a graduate student from the Savannah School of Design take our group through the house.
He gave an excellent history of the house over time and was very knowledgeable about the artifacts in the house.
The tour and house are worth your time.
Written 26 January 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour!
Written 28 January 2020
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David94114
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
It was worthwhile to visit, given its infamy in the book “Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Please note: The City of Savannah requires masks. However, this place does not. When I asked the guide why our large group wasn’t required to wear masks, she said they didn’t have to. When I mentioned all the other attractions require them, she said she was vaccinated, so didn’t need to wear one. She also said her boss told them not to, therefore the visitors weren’t required to, either. I social distanced, but hard to in the small rooms.
Written 20 September 2021
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HikeSwimTravel
Miami88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The tour was $12.50 ($12 for seniors) and not worth the price. You're not allowed to go upstairs because family members still live there, so there are only a few rooms to visit. There are a lot of portraits, but the guide only knew who a few were. We've been to much more impressive house museums. Much better to spend your money elsewhere in Savannah, like the Prohibition Museum or Fort Pulaski.
Written 20 September 2022
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Mama Bear
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were big fans of the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil" but the "tour" was a disappointment. The cost was more than most historical houses but you were only allowed to see the first floor. The basement and upstairs, including the ballroom were off limits. In addition, there was not time to really look and enjoy because the guide kept you moving as a group instead of allowing you to take your time and look around.
Written 9 September 2021
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Wendy N
Kissimmee, FL764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was the highlight of our trip. We loved that we both watched the Garden of Good and Evil the evening before remembering Mr. William's love of restoration and architecture. The beautiful artifacts in this home give it so much character and you can understand how he loved to keep history alive!. There are lots of spectacular pieces to see. It does not matter that you only see the first floor and cannot take photographs, it is truly amazing. We loved this tour!
Written 26 July 2020
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Lee369444
East Rockaway, NY428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I watched the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before our vacation to Savannah, so I had to see the Mercer-Williams house. I thought the tour guide was phenomenal. He was so enthusiastic when describing the artwork and history of the house. He really didn't talk much about "the incident" that took place in the house, but I didn't expect him to being that Jim Williams' sister still lives there. The house itself is beautiful. Now that I've been in the house, I want to watch the movie again. I thought that the gift shop was adorable also and the woman that works there is super nice. I actually bought a piece of vintage green Wedgwood there.
Written 22 February 2020
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Kmaster122
33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We have walked by the house multiple times while touring Savannah and decided to stop in today for a tour. Very disappointing! The 20 minutes we were inside we only saw the bottom 4 rooms, the upstairs was closed off. When we tried to talk to the lady in the gift shop about the local lore she was rude! Also, let’s be reasonable about COVID restrictions! Your state rules and wrap all opinions do not trump my husband’s Cardiologist directions. I found it very inappropriate that we were told maybe he shouldn’t be out during a pandemic after having a heart attack! Thanks..we’ll head home so we don’t inconvenience you!! Again, very disappointing! Where’s your southern hospitality!
Written 13 September 2020
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eak321
Orlando, FL380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It's been at least 15 years since I visited the Mercer Williams House before, so we visited again. Unfortunately, you only get to visit the first floor of the beautiful house because the upstairs is still living quarters for the family when they're in town. Weird. Thankfully, the tour is very inexpensive, so what you do get to see is worth the price of admission.

What made this recent tour so great was our tour guide, and I'm sorry that I forgot his name. He said he was originally from New York City, though. He was so incredibly knowledgeable and detailed with his explanation of each room in the house we visited. His delivery of the tour highlights was impeccable. I almost felt like it was his house and he was giving us a tour of his own home and the artifacts inside. We were truly impressed.
Written 31 January 2023
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Katie O
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The tour of the Mercer Williams house was informative and interesting! It was great to see the interior of the house and learn its history. Our group felt it was a good experience, however the ticket was $12 and we only saw the first floor of the house and the gardens. That is why I only gave 4 stars instead of 5.
Written 20 March 2020
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mkrivo
Chicago, IL37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Agree with most recent reviews. Quick, basic tour of antiques, not related to to the book/movie. Unfortunately, our tour guide was also outwardly rude. When asked questions, he was brusque. In answering one question in particular, to a woman who I believe misheard what he had described, he visibly rolled his eyes and shook his head. Not worth it.
Written 2 January 2020
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I'm so sorry that you were treated poorly. We hope you'll come back.
Written 3 January 2020
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