Savannah African Art Museum, Savannah

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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.

Accessablity:

The building in which the musuem is located is in the victorian district in a historic home. This building has a set of stair leading up to the front porch and a set of stairs to the second floor. At this time we do not have an elevator and cannot fully accomidate guests who are wheelchair bound. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
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  • This was one of my favorite parts of my visit to Savannah. The museum has a large collection of artifacts and artwork organized by function and country. The guide pointed out details of key items and ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful museum that is tucked away in Savvanah. It is unassuming on the outside, but each room is laid out with care and attention to detail. The art is out in the open for all to see (but...  more »
  • In a few words, anyone, especially Educators of African Art & History, MUST visit this place. Two floors of African sculpture and masks, ceremonial pieces, instruments, material culture and more with ...  more »
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  • This museum has a wide variety of African Art. The tour guides are very friendly and informative. It is definitely worth going to visit.
  • I love this place! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable! I will be supporting them!!
  • Great place to visit. Highly recommend that everyone stop by and see all the amazing art on display. Awesome staff.
  • Great History, Great Art and Open to the public. We've been twice and it's been truly Amazing!
  • Great time with great historical information. Only complaint I have is the guide had very little info to give us .
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