More than 100 museums and historic sites across Georgia participate in the Georgia History Festival’s annual Super Museum Sunday, which takes place on February 6.
Here are some events on offer at local Savannah museums this weekend for local families to enjoy.
SCAD Art Museum
In addition to free admission, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers other great options for families of all ages this weekend.
On Sundays, the university offers free community bus tours to kick off the celebration of Black History Month. The tours pass many historic landmarks, as well as the SCAD Museum of Art, Arnold Hall, and Jen Library that were featured in pivotal moments of Savannah’s Black history. There will also be other fun surprises along the way.
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The bus tours start at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM and last two hours. To book a bus tour, you need to pre-register on the SCAD website. The SCAD Museum of Art offers free access to its facilities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit scadmoa.org.
From noon to 4 PM, families have free entry to all of the area’s museums: the Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.
At the Jepson Center, children can attend free art activities and workshops.
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As part of the lineup of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival in 2022, Telfair Museums is currently showing Chul-Hyun Ahn’s solo exhibition “Beyond”. The exhibition features geometric light sculptures that reflect themes of infinite space. Complementing Ahn’s exhibition is “Beyond: Light, Color, and Illusion”, a set of installations by artists exploring light, space and illusion in various artistic forms.
Both exhibits can be found in the Jepson Center.
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Telfair Museums is also celebrating the recent purchase of lithographs from the Brandywine Workshop. “Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop” showcases work by 13 artists specializing in printmaking to expand visitors’ perspectives on the way art is made. The exhibition will be presented by artist Halima Taha on Thursday 3 February at 6 pm. Visitors can experience the installations at the Jepson Center.
Get to the Telfair Museums early to get the most out of your visit. For more information, visit telfair.org.
Savannah Museum of African Art
The Savannah African Art Museum offers free tours from noon to 4 PM
Families can also visit the museum’s newest exhibit, “Culture, Currency, and Continuity: The Significance of Cowrie Shells in African Art,” which opened Feb. 2. The exhibition informs visitors about the presence and versatility of cowry shells in Africa and its art forms. It will remain open until January 2023.
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COVID-19 precautions apply in the museum and masks are mandatory. For more information, visit savannahafricanartmuseum.org.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum offers a wide variety of free online exhibits to visitors. An exhibit, “A Thirst for Learning: The History of the West Broad Street School, 1873-1962,” delves into the history of one of the oldest public schools for black students in Savannah.
For more information, visit Shipsofthesea.org.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is pleased to participate in the Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force opens its doors to the public for free from 12:00 to 17:00
“We are thrilled that so many beautiful sites from our state are participating this year and we hope everyone will take the opportunity to get out and experience all the wonderful things that make Georgia great,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.
Do you want to get off the beaten track? Here’s another option.
The Drive Thru Art Box at Green Truck Pub
Since December 2021, the Drive Thru Art Box presents their newest gallery: Jon Witzky and Samantha Mack’s art collaboration “A Conversation in Color”.
Every night one artist changes his respective piece, be it in color or light quality, while the other is gone. This makes Witzky and Mack engage in a conversation that takes interesting turns along the way.
“A Conversation in Color” closes on Tuesday, February 8. The Drive Thru Art Box is located in the parking lot of The Green Truck Pub at 2430 Habersham St.
For more information, visit sulfurstudios.org/drivethruart.