If you really want to get to know a city, the perfect way to do so is to submerge yourself in its arts scene. Recently selected as one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” by the renowned AmericanStyle Magazine, Savannah offers a utopia for lovers of art, with its stunning masterpieces, paintings, structures, and more! If you love art, be sure to check out some of the popular places detailed below:
Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (SCAD)
SCAD is a premier educational institution for people interested in creative arts. Salvaged bricks and novel heart pine timbers are found throughout its affiliated Museum of Art. The museum’s vast art collection stands out against the building’s dramatic backdrop. Fascinatingly, the museum itself was actually once housed in the head office of the Central of Georgia Railway. The growth of SCAD is directly associated with the recent explosion of Savannah’s visual art scene.
The Savannah Theatre represents the rich culture and beauty that is simply Savannah. Built in 1818, it has become a historical landmark. Visitors are sure to appreciate its exquisite Art Deco style. A night at the theatre is a must-do for all drama aficionados. Ticket prices generally range from $16 to $35, with discounted passes available for purchase.
The Andrew Low House
Built in the 1840s for Andrew Low, this building was once home to the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. Its Italian structure and details showcase the impressive skill of the craftsmen who designed and built it. The nineteenth century garden and its magnificent trees are sure to amaze. The house itself preserves premium period fixtures relevant to the history of Savannah. Some of the most esteemed furniture makers in the country, including Joseph Barry and Joseph Meeks, have pieces in this house. Tours are offered daily.
Telfair Museum of Art
The Telfair Museum of Art houses the oldest art gallery in the South. Until 1875, it was home to the Telfair family; subsequently, it was donated to the Georgia History Society to be used as a museum. The structure was enlarged in 1883 and a Sculpture Gallery and Rotunda were added. One of the largest public collections of paintings by Kahlil Gibran, author of “The Prophet,” can be found here.
Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts is just steps away from the Telfair Museum of Art, and boasts a stunning assortment of modern art. It also offers a proactive gallery for children, so don’t forget to bring them along on your artistic journey.
As you stroll through downtown, you’ll get the sensation of stepping back in time. Take in stunning views outside while experiencing the city’s own artistic beauty – hopefully you packed your camera, because the charming cobblestone and tree-lined streets provide the perfect backdrop for beautiful photos.
Savannah is more than just a small city in the South: it is a beautiful place filled with rich history, art and culture. While there are many reasons Savannah is simply not to be missed, its vibrant arts scene makes it unparalleled and certainly unforgettable.