• The Beach Institute

    African-American

    Cultural Center

    Gallery & Museum

  • The Beach Institute and The King -Tisdell Cottage are open!

    The Institute - Tuesday - Saturday 12 NOON - 5:00 PM

     

    The Cottage - TUESDAY - SATURDAY, 12 NOON - 5:00 pm

    Visit Our Gift Shop

    Browse our selection of art, jewelry, books, stationary, and much more

    FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BEACH

    The Savannah Doll

    Show Exhibit

    Theatre of The Dolls Puppet Show & Workshop

    Tuesday, February 1 - SUNday, MARCH 20, 2022

    FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BEACH

    join us FOR AN EVENING OF POETRY, MUSIC AND FUN ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH STARTING AT 6:00 PM UNTIL 9:00 PM! WE FEATURE LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL POETS, MUSICAL TALENTS, AND STORYTELLERS!

  • Savannah's flagship museum for

    African-American and Gullah-Geechee Heritage

    THE SAVANNAH DOLL SHOW - 2022

    Tuesday, FEBRUARY 1 - SUNDAY, march 30, 2022

    EXCLUSIVELY HELD AT

    THE HISTORIC BEACH INSTITUTE

    502 EAST HARRIS STREET , IN LOVELY SAVANNAH, GA

    REGULAR ADMISSION HOURS - 12 NOON UNTIL 5:00 pm, TUESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS

    EXTENDED VIEWING BY POPULAR DEMAND UNTIL Wednesday, MARCH 30, 2022

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 912-335-8868

     

    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

    The Beach Institute was founded in 1865 by the Colored Education Committee at the dawn of the Reconstruction Era, as the first official school for African-Americans in Savannah, GA.

     

    Built by Free and formerly Enslaved Negroes, the Institute was completed in 1867 with a generous contribution by philanthropist and inventor Alfred Ely Beach of New York,

    editor of Scientific American Magazine.

     

    For nearly 50 years, The Beach Institute was operated by the American Missionary Association, an integrated organization of abolitionists and education advocates.

     

    Today, the original historic building is home to The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, and owned by The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. The Beach Institute is Savannah's flagship museum for African-American arts, history & cultural preservation.

     

    502 E Harris Street
    Savannah, GA 31401
    engage@beachinstitute.org
    912-335-8868
    King-Tisdell Cottage | Savannah, GA

    King-Tisdell Cottage | Historic Site and Artifacts Gallery

    Built in 1896 dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African-Americans in Savannah.

    Built in 1896, this Victorian-styled Cottage was home to Sara King and Robert Tisdell, members of Savannah's vibrant African-American entrepreneurial class.

     

    The King-Tisdell Cottage Museum was founded in 1981 by famed Civil Rights Leader, Historian and Preservation advocate, Mr. W.W. Law.

     

    Today, the restored Cottage is devoted to showcasing various aspects of Savannah's African-American commercial history and culture

     

    Come explore artifacts, exhibits and maps of Savannah's historic Negro Communities from the late 1800s and early 20th Century!

     

    514 E Huntingdon St

    Savannah, GA 31401

    engage@beachinstitute.org

    912-335-8868

    King-Tisdell Cottage | Savannah, GA

    Genealogy Research

    Support Center

    Open Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 4 PM

    Other times available by appointment. Located at the Penthouse of the Beach Institute.

    The goal of the GRSC is to facilitate research and preservation of our vital family histories. The knowledge of our ancestries broadens our scope and understanding of our noble heritage.

     

    Learn about how to initiate, investigate and manage your genealogy projects.

     

    We offer Ancestry.com, Find-A-Grave.com, Newspapers.com &YouTube tutorial videos, as well as charts, forms and methods to organize genealogy research & information.

     

     

    502 E Harris Street

    Savannah, GA 31401

    Penthouse Floor

    grsc@beachinstitute.org

    912-335-8868

  • Contact Us

    For information on exhibits, tours, art procurement, student visits and more....

    502 E Harris Street
    Savannah, GA 31401

    514 E Huntingdon St.
    Savannah, GA 31401
    Tue-Sat 12pm-5pm
    912-335-8868
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Terms & Conditions
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
July 4th 
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

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).