Georgia Southern Museum
WELCOME to the Georgia Southern Museum where collections, exhibits, and programming interpret the natural and cultural history of Georgia’s coastal plain and the exciting research and work taking place at Georgia Southern University.
The shallow ancient oceans that swept back and forth for millions of years formed this unique region. The Museum’s permanent exhibits tell the story of the coastal plain’s changing environments, animals, and cultures that have called it home since:
- mosasaurs commanded its shallow seas here 78 million years ago,
- Georgiacetus vogtlensis evolved as the most primitive North American whale in its Eocene waters,
- the coastal Native Americans created the earliest pottery in North America 4,500 years ago,
- more than 10,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned in the waning days of the Civil War,
- and a school founded in 1906 to educate an agricultural population grew into a research university.
Our Changing Gallery features dynamic and interactive exhibits based on the work and research of our faculty. These exhibits bring the world to our visitors and encompass opportunities for them to learn about history, archaeology, science, business, health or any number of fascinating subjects.
Our visitors experience both worlds long gone and current places important, but inaccessible to most, such as Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. One of the largest near-shore “live-bottom” reefs, it is a resource as important for people living far from the coast, as it is for those in Georgia.
Outreach programs, Projects SENSE and BESST, deliver interactive, inquiry-based science and social studies kits to public, private, and home school groups throughout southeast Georgia and traveling exhibits reach audiences far beyond.
Our exhibits and resources strive to serve our university students, K-12 students, and the public of all ages. Come discover new and exciting things at the Georgia Southern Museum where learning is a life-long pursuit. Let us know how we can best serve you.
Brent W. Tharp, Director