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Prohibition Museum, Jimmy Buffet & The Historical society

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-Christopher Morley

American Prohibition Museum

Performers, intricate sets, and a real speakeasy tell the story of the 18th Amendment. 


The 18TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. Constitution in 1920 outlawed alcohol as a deleterious indulgence. It was the culmination of more than 100 years of campaigning by the national temperance movements. The American Prohibition Museum, Savannah, Georgia, traces the complicated history of this movement from its infancy to the 21st Amendment that ended Prohibition in 1933.

The museum is entertaining without being corny, and it educates without being preachy. The museum’s entrance is adorned with a Model T beer truck, as well as a variety of slogans, headlines, and “saloon art”, which set the stage for national debate. You will need to climb a staircase that is covered with quotes about drinking and alcoholism in order to reach the second floor. Then, you’ll have to listen as an evangelical preacher explains the dangers of liquor through a historical movie.

The museum’s Prohibition story begins in a saloon where a mannequin from the notorious and fierce temperance advocate Carry Nation holds a hatchet. Nation was well-known for burning saloons’ properties with this weapon. As historical docents in costumes of barkeeps or flappers answer questions and tell stories, history is brought to life.

Another exhibit focuses on illegal ways to circumvent Prohibition. It begins with the darkness of a moonshiner’s hideaway, followed by a well-lit bootlegger tableau with confiscated weapons from mobsters. If you have the password, you can escape to a nearby speakeasy and avoid the gangster racket. Guests can enjoy 1920s cocktails and listen to jazz music while inside.

It is impressively comprehensive. The museum contains all the familiar Prohibition suspects. However, the museum excels at weaving Savannah’s history into the narrative and also reveals the lesser-known effects of Prohibition. The engineering of cars was changed and improved by bootleggers who created faster and more powerful vehicles to defeat G-men (slang term for “government men” or agents). Speakeasies were a catalyst for greater racial integration. However, there were also negative consequences: Nativism increased as German beer brewers and Irish whiskey distillers were made to be lawbreakers.

Before you go

The museum is open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with the last entry at 4:15 pm. Before entering, tickets for cocktails in the bar must be purchased. The gift shop sells great souvenirs, including shot glasses made during Prohibition.

News bites


Jimmy Buffet set to play Savannah and the Enmarket Arena in April
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Jimmy Buffet set to play Savannah and the Enmarket Arena in April
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President Street railroad crossing to be improved; work to close roadway for weekend
Long await repairs to the President Street railroad crossing will start this weekend. Work will address rails and road slope. Read more.
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Local artist A. J. Perez explores the space between two points in latest exhibition, Headliners
All profits from the show will be donated to ARTS Southeast, a nonprofit dedicated to making Savannah an arts and culture destination. Read more.
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All profits from the show will be donated to ARTS Southeast, a nonprofit dedicated to making Savannah an arts and culture destination. Read more.
Georgia Historical Society research library reopens after renovations
The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah is home to the oldest library in the American South and some of Georgia’s oldest literary and artistic collections. Todd Groce, President of The… Read more.
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EVENTS


Today

Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
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Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
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Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.

Saturday

2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
A Sea Full of Stars
After an unexpected birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, April must come to terms with her new life and the guilt of her reaction to it.Join us for a beautiful evening… Read more.
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Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.

Sunday

PSYCHIC GUIDED 13 Ghosts Haunted Tour Savannah. OPEN
This tour is lead by paranormal sensitives that will guide you through the quiet haunts of the city looking for evidence in the supernatural Read more.
PSYCHIC GUIDED 13 Ghosts Haunted Tour Savannah. OPEN
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ColorMeChocolate & Co X Chocolate Martini Bar Brunch Edition
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ColorMeChocolate & Co X Chocolate Martini Bar Brunch Edition
Ladies! We love to see other women being the queens that they are and love to connect like minded women! This brunch is just that! Read more.

Monday

Tuesday

Open enrollments | Star Castle, Savannah, GA | January 25, 2022
Open enrollments happening at Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406, Savannah, United States on Tue Jan 25 2022 at 05:30 pm Read more.
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Salesforce Admin 201 and App Builder Training in Savannah, GA
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Wednesday

The Women Project Savannah Launch Party | Savannah Taphouse
The Women Project Savannah Launch Party happening at Savannah Taphouse, 125 East Broughton Street, Savannah, United States on Wed Jan 26 2022 at 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm Read more.
The Women Project Savannah Launch Party | Savannah Taphouse
The Women Project Savannah Launch Party happening at Savannah Taphouse, 125 East Broughton Street, Savannah, United States on Wed Jan 26 2022 at 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm Read more.
2022 Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival | March 20th – 26th
An annual event showcasing many of the world’s premier wines while shining a light on the Lowcountry’s unique and thriving food scene. Read more.
2022 Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival | March 20th – 26th
An annual event showcasing many of the world’s premier wines while shining a light on the Lowcountry’s unique and thriving food scene. Read more.

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