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EXHIBITS

Our exhibits highlight local island history, the Epworth By The Sea property history, John and Charles Wesley in England and Georgia, the formation and historical progression of the United Methodist Church, Kenneth S. Wyatt paintings of the Apostles, an extensive international nativity display housed in a larger space and on display year-round, 

our beloved museum founder Bishop Arthur J. Moore's story and artifacts, and much more.

ISLAND HISTORY ROOM

An entertaining and informative movie regaling the history of St. Simons Island from its Native American occupation to the modern era is on continuous play for your enjoyment.  Accompanying exhibits feature Charles Wesley's brief time on the island serving General James Oglethorpe and the colonists, Susie King Taylor and her life as a slave turned educator, and the history of the Epworth By The Sea property including its Hamilton Plantation period, the lumber mill period, Lewis family farm days, and subsequently Bishop Moore and the Pioneers' 1949 purchase and formation of the land for use as a Methodist retreat and conference center.

ROTUNDA

Visitors are greeted to the museum by our 9' John Wesley, sculptor Marshall Daughtery's model of the statue which stands in Reynolds Square in downtown Savannah.  Surrounding the statue in the Rotunda is a life-sized, papier-mache nativity entitled O Holy Night.  Created by artist and Methodist, Susan Waters, it showcases Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, Jesus's birth in the manger, the angels appearing to shepherds, and three kings on camels traveling to see the Messiah.  Finally, we invite you to stand back and enjoy the magnificence of Howard Chandler Christy's 8' x 5' painting Christ After Chaos, which formerly hung in Bishop Moore's office at the UMC Board of Missions in New York City.

METHODISM FROM WESLEY TO PRESENT TIMES

Beginning with the origins of the Methodist movement in the Wesley house at Epworth and the creation of the Holy Club to John and Charles's time in Georgia and Methodist Aid Societies, see how the denomination started in England. See and hear how Methodism spread throughout America. Listen to an inspiring two-minute excerpt from an original Bishop Moore sermon. Exhibits highlight the formation and history of the United Methodist Church including the circuit riders who spread the word from church to church by horseback, Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke who were ordained as the first bishops in America, and many more key figures in Methodist history. Artist Kenneth Wyatt's magnificent paintings of Jesus and the Apostles are found here.

WORLD NATIVITIES

This beautiful Italian nativity is just one of the many nativities in our vast international collection now housed in its new, larger exhibit room and on display permanently.

BISHOPS OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The Strickland Wing of the museum houses artifacts previously belonging to United Methodist Church bishops. The Bishop's Room highlights the significance of the role of a Bishop in the UMC.

WOMEN IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The United Methodist Church has a long history of intelligent, hardworking women. The efforts of Mary Culler White and her fellow missionaries, deaconesses, and members of the United Methodist Women organization are heralded in these exhibits.