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How many museums do you visit where you’re just blown away and weeks after you’re still talking about it? That’s what the American Prohibition Museum was like for me. This museum impressed me with the sheer amount of content, interactive elements, and just pure fun. Plus, this turned out to be a great museum that even my teenagers enjoyed.
Plus, this museum is the only one of its kind dedicated to Prohibition in America. Historic Tours of America provided me entry into the museum, but all opinions here are my own. Please note this article may contain affiliate links, at no cost to you help to support this blog.
If you’re in Savannah, visiting the American Prohibition Museum is a must do. Find out why here. I won’t give everything away as some things you just have to see for yourself.
More than an Amendment
Did you know that Prohibition actually has its roots in the Temperance Movement as far back as 1850? And while the 18th Amendment wasn’t enacted until 1919, the American Prohibition Museum takes you through the almost 70 years that led up the amendment. Additionally, of course, you’ll see plenty of exhibits about what went on during the amendment as well as what came out of the era after the 21st Amendment put an end to prohibition in 1933. A lot happens in those 80 years and this museum covers it all.
At the time of prohibition, many rum runners bootlegged through Savannah, earning her the nickname Bootleg Spigot of the South. The many intertwining rivers and streams through marshy waters made it difficult for detection.
There’s a lot to learn at the American Prohibition Museum and just about every square inch of the 6000 square foot space is filled with information encompassing those 80 plus years. The museum holds thirteen galleries, four vintage cars, and likely thousands of artifacts representing the time. Would you believe this museum only opened in 2017? I can only imagine it will get better and better as the years go on, kind of like a fine scotch or whiskey, right?
The museum surprised me with it’s added interactive elements. While not many, character actors greet you early on in the displays as well as at the halfway point. Additionally, a few key portraits by the name of Busch, Yuengling, Miller and a few others tell you way prohibition is bad for America and bad for the economy. You can guess why they had a stake in the game! We also found Charleston dance instructions, a full-size mob vehicle and a lesson on making our own moonshine. And that’s not to mention…
A Real Speakeasy
Pay close attention, at the end of the tour, you’ll be asked for a password to gain access to a real speakeasy. Fulled stocked, the speakeasy services 1920’s cocktails as well as homemade soda for the kids. In fact, you’ll only find drinks, wine or beers that can trace their origins through Prohibition. Note that if you buy your drink tickets at the beginning of the tour, you save a little dough, but you are limited to their specialty menu.
I don’t want to give too much away about this fantastic find in Savannah. It was well worth the price of admission and I’d go again in a heartbeat. I keep thinking about what I may have missed as there was so much to take in. Even the kids had a good time reading through history and joking about the signs and many medicinal uses for alcohol.
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The American Prohibition Museum is located at 209 W. St. Julian Street, in the heart of the City Market. Buy Discounted Tickets online here. You can also combine your Trolley Tour & Museum and save $7 per person, here.