• Timeline

    The Beach Institute


    Black Savannahians organized the Savannah Education Associate and opened schools for newly freed blacks. The Association contacted northern church societies requesting financial support.


    Alfred Ely Beach, an inventor and the publisher of Scientific American magazine donates $13,000 to The Freedmen's Bureau to build the first official school for African-American children. The American Missionary Association opened the Beach Institute with 600 students whose families paid teh AMA $1.00 per month in tuition.


    The Savannah Board of Education leases the building from the AMA and operates the Beach Institute as a free public school for black children.


    A suspicious fire heavily damages the school, rendering it temporarily unusable.


    American Missionary Association finally rebuilds and reopens the Institute.


    A suspicious fire heavily damages the school, rendering it temporarily unusable.


    Savannah Boy's Club begins meetings in the basement.


    The American Missionary Association closes the Beach Institute.


    The Beach houses a nautical school.


    The Beach is reopened as a continuation school.


    The building stands vacant.


    The Savannah Board of Education purchases the building for $5,000 and opens Harris Street Elementary School.


    The Board of Education closes Harris Street School.


    Harris Vocational Trade School utilizes the building.


    Harris Reading Center offers classes in the building.


    Beach Institute house the Board of Education central office annex.


    Harris Adult Education Center operates from the building.


    The King-Tisdell Cottage is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African-Americans in Savannah and the Sea Islands.


    W.W. Law creates the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Inc


    The Beach Institute Alternative High School opens.

    In progress.....

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
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).