Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum
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11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Guided tours of historic mansion featured in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" featuring five centuries of artwork and antiques collected by notable historic preservationist Jim Williams.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Bill R
    Saint Helena Island, South Carolina85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth 5 stars! And only costs $14.00!
    If you’re a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, book and movie, this tour is well worth the $14 admission fee, definitely worth 5 stars. Bring my favorite movie, can’t wait to go back and watch the movie again now that I’ve been inside. Also learned on this tour that scene from Glory (Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman) was filmed here too (10 minutes into the movie). Contrary to some reviews, there is plenty of description of furniture, fixtures, renovations, etc. added by Jim Williams during the tour. 35 minutes is perfect length, an hour would be too long.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 8, 2023
  • mdyuhas008
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Danny was an excellent guide
    Great tour! Very informative as to how a single man was such a important figure in keeping Savannah history alive. Our guide, Danny, was incredibly informative about the house. Later in the day we ran into him again at Forsythe park and told us some history of the park
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Betty R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    This is a must visit, after you read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, or watch the movie! The tour guide was excellent and the house is filled with valuable antiques. You only get to see the gardens and the first floor because the owners occupy the bedrooms.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Pamela F
    Westford, Massachusetts43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Tour but wished for more
    If you are a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil then you know all about this house. The tour is a quick one and no picture taking is allowed. You can only visit a few rooms on the first floor. Our tour quide was informative but we would have wished to see more, especially the ballroom upstairs.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Kirby H
    Kansas City, Missouri96 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last on my list of homes toured in Savannah
    Beautiful home but could not take pictures of home or garden, tour only hit garden and main floor 4 rooms and a bathroom. Tour was short about 30 minutes. Ceiling above stairway was one of a kind. Could not go up stairway could not take a picture. If you do go I suggest you read Wikipedia before going and research history of the home. 90 percent of tour is on the last owner. History given on tour is very "selective" leaving out multiple items. It is a private residence still owned by family of owner who restored most of the house which explains omissions. Of 4 home tours done in savannah this was my least favorite for multiple reasons. If you go due to history of mr wiliams and the history of the shooting in the study along with the book based on the incident just be prepared to ask questions.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Alexis J
    Austin, Texas11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A more unique short tour
    If you read the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good Evil, you will enjoy this tour. It's truly a unique house that still looks exactly as what was left by the previous owner. This is a privately owned home so you only get to tour the garden and first floor of the home as the family still lives there. If you haven't read the book, but love hearing about very expensive antiques jammed in one home, you would also enjoy this tour. It's a short one so can easly be squeezed in.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • j68ky
    457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-See~ Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil Mansion
    Must-see for the fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. Lovely old mansion filled with antiques and history. Sunken garden designed by Jim Williams. Wonderful tour guide...very knowledgeable. Fun way to spend the morning.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Christina T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend!
    Such a great tour! Our guide was personable, thorough, and seemed to truly enjoy explaining the history of the property. You will leave with a better appreciation for what Jim Williams did to preserve Savannah’s historical homes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Carlos C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 - Amazing Tour!!!
    This experience is utterly amazing!!! The staff is very kind and knowledgeable, and they provide an amazing services. We were greeted by Carol, who helped us schedule the tour. She was incredible. As far as our tour is concerned, Zack did an excellent job and was able to answer all of our questions. Overall, I recommend this tour 100% if you’re in the Savannah area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • NYProf
    Clarence, New York8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tribute to Jim Williams' skills as an art and antique dealer
    My wife and I went for a tour as we are both fans of The Book. The tour was fantastic, goes well beyond what is in the book, and is well worth the time. The house is still being run by people from Jim Williams' family and they have painstakingly kept it up. Some family members still live on the second floor, so the tour is of the first floor only. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the house and the paintings and antiques that Jim Williams collected over the years as a very successful antique dealer. We both learned a great deal. The guide glossed over the more salacious aspects of Jim Williams' life, so don't go looking for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
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Livia Brannock
Louisville, KY46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a fantastic tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. He covered a little bit of everything, from Jim Williams and his collection to the movies filmed at the house to the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." This is a must for a trip to Savannah!
Written April 14, 2024
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Rebecca A
Seattle, WA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Zach was an amazing tour guide. He gave us a great background of the house and of Jim Williams. One of our teen daughters had a ton of obscure questions about the house and its design and he knew all of the answers. Both daughters enjoyed the tour immensely, which is not always the case when visiting historic sites and homes with them. If you've read or seen Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you must tour this beautiful home when you are in Savannah.
Written April 6, 2024
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Marilyn M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
After watching The Garden of Good and Evil, this brought it into reality. Our guide did an excellent job of letting us know the Hollywood changes on the reality of the home. The only disappointing part is that the home is still the residence of William's nieces so there was much we were unable to tour. I still recommend seeing it as our guide was very informative and knowledgeable about this house and others we planned to visit.
Written March 31, 2024
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Lolla C
Evanston, IL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Short, inexpensive tour of lovely home. Those familiar with the Midnight book will find williams life story especially interesting
Written March 5, 2024
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Traveler918
West Des Moines, IA227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We came to this house, as likely many people do, because of its prominent part in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The first floor, which is all you see, is beautiful and our guide gave us info on each room. However, it felt like she was rushing us through (the whole thing took maybe 30 minutes?) and after a perfunctory intro to each room, she said, "What questions do you have?" Inevitably someone on the tour dominates this kind of conversation and almost all the questions were about the book and the family it describes. My husband and I were actually more interested in the architecture and the specific pieces chosen for each room. Would have been SO nice to see the second floor, too, though our guide said family members still live there. So — a mixed bag. Definitely see this if you are a fan of the book.
Written February 29, 2024
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cheryllos
East Northport, NY55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting short tour of property and accomplishments/ contributions to the city of Savannah by James Williams in the ‘70s and ‘80s. This home was featured in the movie Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil. Honestly, we expected more from the tour but good way to learn more about Savannah history. Located in a beautiful spot (though Savannah is just so beautiful just about anywhere). $14
Written February 28, 2024
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Wansfel
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide, beautiful house, with or without knowledge of the book or movie. (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
Written February 26, 2024
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chibrit
nyc17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Savannah really rakes it in from the (in)famous book/movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil"--lots of copies of The Book for sale everywhere along with postcards and replicas of the famous "bird girl" statue, location tours and of course, the actual site of the crime the Mercer Williams House, which I was excited to see. It is beautiful.

HOWEVER I wish I'd read some of the reviews here first--it is true, the tour only includes the first floor of the house, and you don't learn this till you are already on the tour. Very disappointing! The reason given is that there is only one (impressive) staircase, and that the fire dept laws state there must be an additional exit/stairway, so you can't go upstairs. This means you don't get to see the infamous ballroom. It also means that the tour is pretty short--basically four rooms, plus the hall and a bathroom.

As others have stated, you spend no time in the garden and photos are not allowed in the house or garden. On the upside, the rooms basically almost look like Jim Williams just walked out of them, and it was interesting to learn how he built his career/business. There is some memorabilia from the film. I thought the best part was the study, completely painted "Buccaneer Brown" and filled will all kinds of treasures and taxidermy Williams collected. A fascinating man, murder charges notwithstanding.

Our tour guide did a decent enough job, informative (though I would have loved even more details about what we were seeing). His delivery was animated, but at times felt a bit "scoldy" and like he hated his job. I think we were out in less than 30 mins, so a bit rushed.
Written February 16, 2024
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Mary B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous home with astonishing museum artifacts and decorative objects - just the chandeliers are amazing! Also there's a great story to be told about Jim Williams - you will learn a lot that's not in the book! Jim made changes to the house that are fun to discover. There are items in this house that you would never expect - like the knife that is reputed to have killed Rasputin, among many many unusual and otherwise beautiful objects. There are Audubon paintings and portraits by famous artists of historical figures. Our guide told us some curious and funny stories, he knew a lot. Be sure to ask questions! The attendant in the gift shop asked if we'd seen the birds in arsenic in one room - we'd seen it but not learned about it. So everyone there knows a LOT.
By the way, the gift shop is fabulous. So many things there to consider! There's lots of clothing items too, and it all seemed quite reasonably priced. This is the only gift shop you need to go to - save your time for touring!
Written February 14, 2024
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Lisa McLaughlin
Boston, MA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great tour, learned more about the house, its history, and movies filmed there. It was also well-decorated for the holidays.
Written December 30, 2023
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