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Address: 502 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401
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Once a school for freed slaves after the Civil War, today it displays...

Once a school for freed slaves after the Civil War, today it displays African American art.

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An Intriguing Museum

The Beach Institute was originally a school for freed slaves. Now it is the home of a potpourri of art from a primarily African-American collection. The three stories of painting... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2016
Alexandria, VA
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Rockwall, Texas
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Quite honestly, I wasn't sure I would enjoy this but I came to love it. I enjoyed hearing the history of the school and seeing the beautiful pieces on exhibit. I am SO glad this was on my list of things to do!

1 Thank Crystal R
Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Alfred Beach, Editor of Scientific American, founded this Institute during 1867 for the education of African Americans. It operated until 1919, then closed. Now it has been restored and reopened as an ongoing educational and cultural center.

1 Thank william s
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

I recommend that everyone who visits Savanah, take this tour. It details the transition of those who were denied an education. This tour left me with a renewed outlook on how far we have come and yet to go.

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Alexandria, VA
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Reviewed 11 January 2016

The Beach Institute was originally a school for freed slaves. Now it is the home of a potpourri of art from a primarily African-American collection. The three stories of painting, drawings and sculpture have not been carefully curated so there is certain "random" character to the exhibit. This does not take away from the ways in which many of the... More 

4 Thank jeffl499
Winston Salem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

What a small but rich museum full of history as well as African American Art. Hidden in the Historic District, it is not hard to find. We were there on a day when the Savannah Art Academy was filming a documentary and an exhibiting artist was teaching a class. How great can that be?! We were told that we could... More 

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I visited the Beach Institute as part of a tour. There's so much history in the walls. It's now mostly an art museum and the works that I saw were pretty amazing - especially the work of the artist who carved the presidents from wood. Outstanding! Well worth a visit!

1 Thank ms90
Fort Valley, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

I have to disagree with one reviewer who said there's nothing going on here and nothing to see. I guess it's all in perspective. However: As the Beach Institute appears to be a home, it can be difficult to find. Once you find it, you will be glad if you are willing to take your time and really look at... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

This is what people will appreciate because they are in the area for fun at the beach, and nowhere near the big city.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2012

This is one of the few things in the vaunted historic district with an African American history that isn't painful to remember, but there's nothing going on here and nothing to see unless there's a special showing of some sort, and that's rare.

2 Thank Johnny F

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