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    Cultural Center

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  • Preserving & Celebrating A People's History

    Explore 150 Years of African-American History, Arts & Preservation in Savannah

    The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center is the City of Savannah’s flagship museum and gallery for traveling exhibitions, permanent collection exhibits, performances and lecture series highlighting African-American artists. The parent organization, King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Inc, operates The Beach Institute and the original museum site King-Tisdell Cottage.

    The Beach Institute | Savannah, GA

    The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center

    Winner of the 2016 Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities of Georgia

    Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, the Beach is a gem amid one of America's most beautiful cities. Come and explore the historic works of Ulysses Davis, WW Law, and more at Savannah's award-winning cultural center for Celebrating African-American Art. Explore...

    King-Tisdell Cottage | Savannah, GA

    King-Tisdell Cottage | Historic Site and Artifacts Gallery

    Founded in 1867 and dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the arts

    Take a journey to a time oft-forgotten in this historic house where the preservation of Savannah's African-American culture started. View historic maps of black neighborhoods during the Jim Crow era, long before Civil Rights Movements began, and more. Explore...

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    502 E Harris Street
    Savannah, GA 31401
    Tue-Sat 12pm-5pm
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Closed for the following Holidays:
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day (Day after New Year’s Day)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
St. Patrick’s Day Observance
Good Friday and Easter
July 4th
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving (Day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving)
Christmas (Day before Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day after Christmas)

Closed to the Public when Private Events are held at either museum.

Closed when severe weather conditions occurs (T-Storms ,etc are indicate by the national weather systems as a severe warning).

Closed when events are held in the City of Savannah or City Limits that required streets closing (marathons, parades and so on).

Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible.
Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries.

Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email kingtisdell@bellsouth.net

Sketching: Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
Photography for Studio Projects or Class Assignments: All Visitors must obtain and signs a onetime image-usage permission form from museum staff. And visitors must also provide museum staff with official documentation concerning the Studio Project or Class Assignment while visiting the museums. Still photography and video taken from a handheld device are permitted for personal, noncommercial use. The camera must be at least three (3) feet from the work of art. Flash photography, tripods, additional lights and extension cords are not allowed.
Additional Guidelines:
• No Touching. Visitors must at all times remain at least two feet away from all artworks and must not touch any paintings, sculptures, books, foyer furniture, or displays.
• No Photographs. Visitors are not permitted to take any photographs inside the Museums at any time for any reason. This includes cell phone cameras and video recording devices of any kind.
• No Food or Beverage. No food or beverages are permitted inside the Museums.
• No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Museums or immediately outside the entrance.
• No Firearms. Firearms are not permitted in the Museums.
• No Pets. Pets are not permitted in the Museum, except service dogs for the disabled.
• No Cellular Phones. All cellular phones and other electric devices must be turned off or put on vibrate before touring the museums.
• Strollers: Baby strollers are welcome.
• Children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate environment in the galleries, children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all time while inside of the museums, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for every four children).