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Massie Heritage Center

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Address: 207 E Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401-5003
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+1 912-395-5070
10:00 - 16:00
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The Massie Heritage Center should be your first stop in Georgia's first...

The Massie Heritage Center should be your first stop in Georgia's first city! Massie provides the best orientation for your visit with a 3D model of Savannah's entire Historic District, including three laser-lit narratives of the city's history projected onto the model. Massie's six exhibit rooms inside the historic 1856 Greek Revival school house offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about Savannah's many architectural styles, the earliest inhabitants of the Georgia coast, the historic preservation movement in the city, and what school was like in the 1800s inside our authentic heritage classroom. We are located on beautiful Calhoun Square, Savannah's only architecturally original square, at the corner of Abercorn and Gordon streets. We look forward to seeing you!

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Insights into Savannah history

This is a small, slight but lovely museum. The exhibits highlight 19th century public education in Savannah. All is authentically and interestingly presented. A visit won't take... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2015
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

This is a small, slight but lovely museum. The exhibits highlight 19th century public education in Savannah. All is authentically and interestingly presented. A visit won't take much time, and is recommended.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 May 2015

I had not read about this location prior to visiting Savannah. A docent at another site mentioned it. The Massie Heritage Center is a gem. It is located in an old school building and you can visit an old school room. There is a model of the historic area with explanations of how the town was developed. An excellent exhibit... More 

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

I went with my son's school on a field trip. I learned a lot about how things happened back in the days.

Thank Melissa B
Horsham, PA
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Reviewed 25 May 2015

Focus on the first public school but included other interesting rooms. The tour guide was excellent. Apparently, not one of the "most popular" stops but my wife and I found it well worth the price of admission.

Thank HorshamTraveler
Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

The Massie is a very interesting history museum in Savannah GA. It has great interactive displays. You can learn about why the city is laid out the way it is and what was taught to school children in Georgia in the 1850's. The displays on architecture and preservation, I found of particular interest and the Native American room was informative... More 

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San Diego
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Reviewed 17 May 2015

It was close to our B&B (Palmer Dresser House) so we went there our first morning and we're so glad we did - it was a perfect way to learn about Savannah History plus the history of the school was fascinating. It's small but very much worth the hour or so you'll spend there - then start walking the city!

Thank Jonesgo
Hernando, Florida
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Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

This tour is a good introduction to the planning and history of Savannah. Exhibits trace the city from its founding by James Oglethorpe, his relations with the Native Americans, and the growth of the cotton industry. Allow at least an hour.

Thank mariawFL
St. Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

We visited because a ticket was included in the price in another tour. I'm glad we didn't spend the $ 7 admission to get in. It was billed in brochures as being one of the first schools for African-American students. What it failed to mention was that the students were only allowed to attend for 4 months before the school... More 

1 Thank Reads4Pleasure
Stuart, Florida
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Reviewed 31 March 2015

Museum is currently under renovation. It was a little dusty and it had a odor in the main building. We learned a lot about the history of the first Savannah school house and the history surrounding the architect of the buildings/homes in Savannah.

Thank Crystalm0420
Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 22 March 2015

I felt a little let down after hearing this would be a hands on experience for my eight year old son. There were things to do, but we spent 15-20 minutes and did them all and saw everything. So much is still under construction, and those things look like they will be great. Just don't go there expecting to spend... More 

1 Thank Heidi C

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