Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center

Used as a school until 1878, the Beach Institute is now a museum and cultural center that collects, interprets, preserves and presents African American history and culture through exhibits and artistic and educational programs that aim to foster interracial understanding and cultural appreciation. The school was named in honor of Alfred E. Beach, editor of Scientific American Magazine, inventor of the typewriter and the first New York subway system, who donated funds to purchase the site. Groups can take a tour of the institute’s exhibits, see a film, hear lectures, and more. Exhibits feature paintings, sculpture, glass work, and more. Group rates are available.
Contact Info
Address: 502 E. Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Chatham County. Tel: 912-335-8868. Website: Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 12PM-5PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.