10 Best Family-Friendly Museums in Savannah: Interactive, Inspirational, Educational and Fun



Don’t cross museum visits off your to-do list just because you’ve traveled to Savannah with the whole family. The city has an impressive array of family-friendly museums that provide hours of entertainment for busy kids and their families.

If you dig cool historical details and want to give your kids free rein to roam and play, then head to the Savannah Children’s Museum. The two-level, outdoor museum, which sits on the site of the former Central of Georgia Railroad building, features more than a dozen exhibits including an underground archeology table, imagination playground and life-size building blocks. 

The Savannah Children’s Museum is part of the Coastal Heritage Society’s Tricentennial Park, which also houses the Georgia State Railroad Museum. The outdoor museum’s restored antique locomotives and model trains will impress railroad buffs of all ages.

Art lovers and their children will adore the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts, a modern art museum with a two-floor play space just for kids. If you can drag your little ones away from the interactive displays, feel free to take them through the museum’s other exhibits, including an impressive permanent collection featuring work by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Other must-see family-friendly museums include the Massie Heritage Center, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Fort Pulaski museum, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the Pinpoint Heritage Museum. And current and former Girl Scouts can’t leave Savannah without stopping by the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a house museum dedicated to the founder of the Girl Scouts.




This 19th-century fort, which was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, is a must-see for history buffs. Only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, Fort Pulaski was designed by Napoleon's engineer, and though it fell during...  Read More


Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum


People of all ages and races are moved by this museum's brilliantly composed exhibits detailing Savannah's role in the civil rights struggle. Housed in a structure that was built in 1914 as an African-American bank, the museum is named for Dr....  Read More




This fascinating museum pays homage to the tiny community of Pin Point, a century-old African-American community on the banks of Savannah's Moon River. Pin Point, best known as the birthplace of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was...  Read More




Located in Pooler, a burgeoning area in Southwest Savannah, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is a must-see for those interested in learning more about aviation history. The museum tells the history of the Eighth Air Force...  Read More




Housed in the historic Scarborough House (circa 1819), this museum is a fantastic source of information about Savannah's seafaring history. The port city was a major player in the import and export trade, and the ships that sailed its waters...  Read More


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The Massie Common School opened its doors in 1856 and educated Savannahians until 1974. Today the Massie Heritage Center serves as an architecture and history museum, featuring engaging, state-of-the-art exhibits. A three-dimensional model of...  Read More




Train-loving tots and railroad buffs alike adore the Georgia State Railroad Museum, considered the largest and most complete antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence. Guests can enjoy lunch in a restored dining car before heading...  Read More




The first National Historic Landmark in Savannah, this iconic gem is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Built in 1821, the English Regency-style townhouse has been elegantly restored and is furnished...  Read More


Jepson Center for the Arts
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This striking 64,000-square-foot modern art museum features an impressive permanent collection and hosts major traveling exhibitions from around the world. The Kirk Varnedoe Collection, the Jepson Center's permanent collection, includes works by...  Read More




This two-level, outdoor museum, which opened in June 2012, encourages kids to use their hands, make noise and interact with their surroundings. The Savannah Children's Museum features more than a dozen exhibits in the Imagination Station,...  Read More


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Meet Amy Pine

Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared...  More About Amy

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