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Savannah African Art Museum

201 E. 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401

Located in Historic Landmark District

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***While the museum is temporarily closed, we have launched a YouTube channel with weekly virtual tours.

The Savannah African Art Museum holds a collection of over 1000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa. Prior to the Museum’s founding in late 2016 this collection formed over the last 30 years by Mr. Don Kole, a Savannah businessman, private collector, and founder of the Savannah African Art Museum. Mr. Kole’s collection of African art showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood. These powerful objects hold origins throughout West and Central Africa, representing 22 countries and over 130 individual cultures and ethnic groups. The diverse range of objects represented bisects the entire continent of Africa spanning as far west as Guinea and as far east as Tanzania.

The Savannah African Art Museum and Mr. Kole are still actively collecting works from West and Central Africa that serve the museum’s mission of education while continuing to fill in gaps within the collection itself. While no works are purchased physically in West and Central Africa by Mr. Kole, the Savannah African Art Museum works with two West African born United States citizens who negotiate with individual communities and cultural ethnic groups in Africa to obtain objects on a commissioned rate. This allows for the money used in purchasing of objects to return to the community to which they are native.

The Savannah African Art Museum’s mission as a non-profit institution is to focus on the introduction and education on the art and culture of West and Central Africa. Our aim is to provide an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African Art to all audiences.

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Laura M | Jul 23, 2021
“A Must See for Everyone !”

The collection exceeded our expectations, as there's close to 1,000 pieces. Our tour guide, Connie, provided an informative and first-hand experience as she has travelled to various areas of Africa...

bhlraven1916 | May 16, 2021
“Take the bus tour with Chatham Area Transit ”

Great exhibits and off the beaten path. Chatham Area Transit or CAT s makes stops on one of it's bus routes to the city's black historical sites. This is one of the stops. No charge to enter the...

yetiboyone | Mar 3, 2021
“Learning visit”

Great guided tour with a tremendous number of items for review. The guides were well informed and took their responsibilities very seriously. Worth a trip if you have any interest in Africa.

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Drew P. | Nov 11, 2019

This was probably the best museum of African American artwork in the USA. I stopped by this museum on Saturday morning to check it out for myself, and I...

Danielle P. | Dec 3, 2019

This was a great find while visiting Savannah on a early Saturday morning. Make sure you check the time, they do have plenty of free parking. They are not...

Mike W. | May 17, 2019

As Jennie H. on here said, "phenomenal". Seriously. The museum is housed in an old house in a slightly out-of-the-way part of town (though not really that...