10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays.
Admission: $5.00 per person
Guided Tours and Group Tour
After reaching Brunswick, Georgia, cross the F. J. Torras Causeway onto St. Simons Island and follow the signs to Sea Island Road. Continue straight through the traffic light and turn left at street marked Methodist Center Booth Gate and then left onto Arthur J. Moore Drive.
The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum is ones man dream come true. When the property was purchased in 1949, it was Bishop Moore’s vision that it would one day become a retreat center and a place of inspiration for people of all ages. Moore was Bishop of both North and South Georgia conferences of the Methodist church as well as a leader in world wide missions for over 20 years. The museum which was dedicated in June of 1966 began as a small library containing many volumes from the Bishop's personal collection. The museum in the beginning had a distinctly southern Methodist focus, containing principally oriental porcelains and other artifacts gathered by Moore during his travels.
Dr. Charles Layman, noted theologian, writer, and professor of Bible at the University of Florida, graciously offered to the museum items from his extensive Weslyanna collection. The Wesleyanna grew rapidly. Later, North Georgia clergyman, Rev. David Ogletree, began making generous gifts from his substantial collection of Wesley historical artifacts and Methodistica and many of these are on display.
The research library consisting of over 6,000 volumes has also expanded greatly through the years. In the spring of each year, thousands of youth from churches across the Southeastern jurisdiction gather on weekends at Epworth by the Sea as part of their confirmation class training. A significant part of their time is spent in the museum focusing on the lives of the Wesley brothers and their time spent both on Saint Simons Island and in nearby Savannah. The youth learn about the development of American Methodism through videos, displays and tours throughout the museum. During specially scheduled confirmation weekends actors portray important people in the cast of the drama of Methodism. Such as Bishop Frances Asbury, John and Charles Wesley and also Susanna Wesley.
The museum continues to grow everyday. In 1982 a major expansion was instituted when a temperature/humidity controlled vault was installed which made the facility one of the most modern and complete to be found in the area. This also provided an area for the housing of the rarest books, and other items of historical value. The South Georgia conference is the only one in Methodism to have such a facility. The modern-style architecture and glass exterior walls, located on the campus of Epworth by the Sea, provides a sharp contrast to the moss-draped trees, historical landmarks and beautiful beaches in the area.
Epworth by the Sea: www.epworthbythesea.org
South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church: www.sgaumc.com
General Commission on Archives and History: www.gcah.org
Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum ©2012