Learn about Georgia’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Augusta Arsenal at Georgia Regents University
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904 706-737-1405
The Augusta Arsenal was originally constructed circa 1815 near the Savannah River just above the city of Augusta. Not long after the arsenal was occupied in 1819, nearly all the members of the garrison died in a fever epidemic. Due to this event, the government decided to relocate the facility to a healthier environment. In November 1826, a tract of approximately 70 acres was purchased for this purpose. During 1827 and 1828, the Augusta Arsenal buildings were dismantled and reconstructed. All of these structures survive as administrative facilities for Georgia Regents University. The arsenal is open for self-guided tours during daylight hours. Call 706-737-1405 for more information.
Augusta Museum of History
560 Reynolds St.
Augusta, GA 30901 706-722-8454
Visit the region’s home for history. Featured are a number of permanent exhibitions, including the award-winning Augusta’s Story, a 12,000-year journey through local history; a restored 1917 steam locomotive; special exhibits: “The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown,” “Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf”; and five life-size statues of golf’s greatest players.
965 Hickman Road
Augusta, GA 30904 706-726-3506
The Imagination Station is a member-run children’s museum featuring interactive educational exhibits and occasional programming. The exhibit space includes Sensorimotor Corner, the Fixer Upper, Science Corner, the Preliteracy Room and the Art Studio. Imagination Station focuses on providing quality educational exhibits for children up to age 6 and parents.
Laurel and Hardy Museum
250 N. Louisville St.
Harlem, GA 30814 706-556-0401
Dedicated to one of the world’s greatest comedy duos, Laurel and Hardy, the museum contains artifacts, memorabilia and a theater room to watch any of the 106 movies they made together. The display items have been donated by fans from around the world, and each year thousands come to Harlem to pay homage to “The Boys.” Harlem is the birthplace of Oliver Hardy, half of the world-famous duo. Admission is free, and patrons are encouraged to stay and watch a movie or two.
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
1116 Phillips St.
Augusta, GA 30901 706-724-3576
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only museum of African-American history in the Central Savannah River Area (Augusta and its Surrounding Areas). The museum, which opened in 1991, is in a house that was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney. Laney dedicated her life to providing educational opportunities for black youth in the Augusta area. She started the first kindergarten for black children in Augusta and founded the Lamar School of Nursing for black women.
Morris Museum of Art
1 Tenth St.
Augusta, GA 30901 706-724-7501
Spend the afternoon uncovering the stories within each gallery at the Morris Museum of Art. As the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the South, the Morris has plenty of secrets and stories to reveal. With a full calendar of events ranging from art workshops and artist receptions to trunk shows and film screenings, there are also plenty of ways to do more than just look at the art. But if you prefer to just look, make sure you stop by the museum on Sunday for a free guided tour.
Robert Toombs House
216 E. Robert Toombs Ave.
Washington, GA 30673 706-678-2226
Preserving the home of one of Georgia’s most notorious residents — planter, lawyer, state legislator, U.S. Congressman and Senator, Confederate Secretary of State and brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia — facilities at this historic site include a museum, guided and self-guided tours, a picnic area and bus parking. Leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails but not in the buildings.
Washington Historical Museum
308 E. Rober Toombs Ave.
Washington, GA 30673 706-678-2105
Home to a collection of objects that tell Piedmont, Georgia’s story, and located in an 1835 home inside the city’s historic district, the Washington Historical Museum serves as the city’s material culture archive with more than 200 years of history. Check the website for information about tours and special events.