The museum got its name during the clearing of the property when an abandoned rusty 1954 Plymouth Savoy was discovered and preserved. It was designed by the late Frank Bergman, who described it as a modern European museum and also designed the sister Booth and Tellus museums. In addition to the galleries, Savoy features a 297-seat theater, research library, cafe, private dining rooms, vehicle storage building, and outdoor space that can accommodate over 1,000 vehicles.
The Savoy Automobile Museum’s development director, Tom Shinall, said the museum’s aim from day one was to connect people to the cultural diversity of the automobile.
“The automotive culture community is a multi-generational group of individuals, families, friends, clubs and organizations who share a passion for all things automotive,” Shinall said. “As a nonprofit, we’re here to provide a meaningful experience – a place where people can reconnect with memories, tell stories, and learn along the way.”
Savoy plans to rotate exhibits in the Great Hall and Galleries A, B and C on a predetermined schedule with Gallery D, the permanent “Savoyard Collection”, occasionally rotating vehicles in and out of the exhibit. Each temporary exhibit is organized around a certain automotive theme, with current themes being ‘Great American Classics’, ‘American Racing’, ‘Woodies’ and ‘Orphans’.
Savoy Director of Curatorial Services, Bruce Patton, noted that the museum is fortunate to have the opportunity to share vehicles from the Savoy collection in addition to vehicles from other motor museums and private collections from around the world. country.
“As we alternate themes in our temporary galleries, our goal is to provide our customers with the opportunity to see vehicles and hear presentations on various automobiles and automotive events that they may not have had the opportunity to experience. opportunity to do in person,” he said.
3 Savoy Lane, Cartersville. 770-416-1500, savoymuseum.org.
Bartow History Museum
The Bartow History Museum is housed in the renovated 1869 courthouse building in downtown Cartersville. The museum’s permanent exhibit explores more than 200 years of history, focusing on colonization, Cherokee life and estrangement, Civil War conflicts, and lifestyles of years past. Its collection includes a wide range of heritage items including old and antique furniture, kitchen utensils, household items, locally made products, local crafts, tools, toys and other objects that illustrate the History of Bartow County. The museum’s newest exhibit, ‘Tea Time’, is a collection of artifacts highlighting the history of tea and the culture surrounding it.
4 E. Church St., Cartersville. 770-387-2774, bartowhistorymuseum.org.
Booth Museum of Western Art
The 120,000 square foot Booth Western Art Museum houses the nation’s largest permanent exhibit of Western American art. The core of the museum’s collection centers on “living masters of traditional Western imagery” such as Howard Terpning (known for images from “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music”), Ken Riley and G Harvey, as well as more contemporary artists like Ed Mell, Thom Ross and Kim Wiggins.
501 N. Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, standmuseum.org.
Tellus Science Museum
The 120,000 square foot Tellus Science Museum opened in 2009 following an expansion of the Weinman Mineral Museum, which had been open for more than 20 years. Tellus is highlighted by its 40-foot, 120-seat digital planetarium and observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope. The museum also includes four main galleries: the Weinman Mineral Gallery, the Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard.
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700, tellusmuseum.org.