It's a chance to learn about art, culture and the unique history of Savannah. On Feb. 5, numerous participating museums and institutes are opening their doors, free of charge, during Super Museum Sunday.
The popular annual event draws tens of thousands to cultural sites around the Lowcountry. This year, it's grown even larger with more than 70 participating institutions statewide. Sites vary geographically from as far south as St. Simons Island, east to Augusta, west to Columbus and as far north as Fort Oglethorpe.
The open-door policy runs from noon-4 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and includes Wormsloe Historic Site, Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, Telfair Museums and all Coastal Heritage Society sites, such as Savannah Children's Museum, Old Fort Jackson and the Georgia State Railroad Museum, to name a few.
The event encourages visitors and residents alike to explore and gain a better understanding of the history and culture in their own backyards. It's also way to encourage people to take advantage of these tremendous resources throughout the year.
"Georgia has an incredibly rich trove of historical, cultural and educational resources available to all of us 365 days a year, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to even know where to start," said Patricia Meagher, director of communications for the Georgia Historical Society. "Super Museum Sunday provides a great opportunity for everyone - families, visitors, groups of friends - to get out and enjoy a sampling of what our state has to offer."
The family-friendly event began more than 20 years ago with just a handful of participating venues. The Georgia Historical Society has been at the helm since 2001, with the event growing exponentially every year. Meagher said the organization wanted Georgians and visitors alike to experience the state's rich history and cultural life without pause.
By giving them a chance to visit these institutions for free, it also allows for a better understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural resources available in our own city.
"I love it when I hear that families came to Savannah on this particular weekend because of this event. I also love hearing that people who have lived here their whole life visited a site they've never toured before," she said. "This opportunity whets the appetite of those interested in learning more about the past through experiences with the places that tell those stories."
IF YOU GO
What: Super Museum Sunday
When: Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 5
Where: Participating locations throughout Georgia