Posted on March 29, 2016 by Andrea Six
Three museums. Three centuries of history. That’s how Savannah’s Tricentennial Park got its name. This 25-acre museum complex in Downtown Savannah, located across the street from the Visitor’s Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, not only encompasses the Battlefield Memorial Park and Savannah History Museum, but also the Georgia State Railroad Museum, and Savannah Children’s Museum.
“It’s all right downtown, people can usually walk from their hotels,” said Holly Elliott, the director of marketing and public relations at the Coastal Heritage Society.
Savannah History Museum
Inside the Savannah History Museum, guests can explore Georgia’s First City through the ages, from pre-colonization (before 1733) to present day. Here visitors will learn about Savannah’s role in the Civil War and American Revolution and discover all kinds of fascinating objects, including military artifacts, a cotton gin and steam locomotive from 1908, not to mention the famous bench from Forrest Gump, Johnny Mercer’s Grammy and Oscar, and the original sculpture that was in Monterey Square.
“One thing that a lot of people don’t know about the Savannah History Museum is that it’s sitting on the site where the Siege of Savannah took place during the Revolutionary War,” said Elliott.
It’s there at Battlefield Memorial Park, where mounds reveal the spot where more than 8,000 troops of three armies fought on October 9, 1779.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
Right next door, guests will find the Georgia State Railroad Museum, a National Historic Landmark located at the old Central of Georgia Railway. It’s here that visitors can learn about the role of railroads in Georgia, not only by video, but also by exploring the different boxcars.
“What really makes it unique is that it is actually the most complete, last standing antebellum railroad,” said Elliott. “It’s not like a traditional museum, because everything is outside.”
In addition to touring the boxcars, guests also have the opportunity to see a functioning turntable.
Savannah Children’s Museum
Also outdoors, the Savannah Children’s Museum is located within Georgia State Railroad Museum in the old Central of Georgia Railway’s Carpentry Shop lower level and upper courtyard.
Featuring more than a dozen exhibits, Savannah Children’s Museum not only has an exploration station, a giant maze, reading nook and sensory garden, but also nutritional workshops, an art station, music area and a place where kids can dress up in costumes.
“We’re trying to have a lot more interactive elements at our museums,” said Elliott.
Savannah History Museum is $7 for adults and $4 for kids (ages 2-12), Georgia State Railroad Museum is $10 for adults and $6 for children (ages 2-12) and the Children’s Museum is $7.50 for everyone over 18 months. There is also a See Three Pass available, which allows visitors access to three of the Coastal Heritage Society’s five museums for three days, for $17 for adults and $11 for children. For more information about the Coastal Heritage Society, or any of these museums, call (912) 651-6840 or click here to visit their website.