Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum

The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, the Ministry of Memory of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, welcomes visitors to explore the history of the Methodist movement and its founder John Wesley. Exhibits feature the development and leaders of Methodism in America, area history, international Nativities Room and much more. The full-length documentary, St. Simons 360: Historical Video Tour, is shown twice daily and the John Wesley on St. Simons lecture is presented by Wesley historian the Reverend Dave Hanson on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

O Holy Night, a 40-piece, life-size paper mâché nativity greets visitors entering the Museum. Our Christian Bookstore and Gift Shop is onsite.

Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We are closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Call 912-638-4050 to schedule a guided tour. Group tours are available. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Explore the history of Methodism and its founder John Wesley.


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.


Susan Duke Waters, artist and Methodist from Rockmart, Georgia, created this exhibit featuring life-sized, papier-mâché nativity scenes. From the journey to Bethlehem to Jesus's birth in the manger, experience this stunning artistic creation. Stand in amazement with the shepherds at the angels heralding the new king's birth and travel with the wise men as they follow the foretold star. The Rotunda also features the breathtaking 8'x5' painting titled “Christ After Chaos” by famed American painter Howard Chandler Christy. This painting was a cherished feature in Bishop Moore's office at the Methodist Church Board of Missions.

Methodism From Wesley To Present Times

Beginning with the origins of the Methodist movement in the Wesley house at Epworth, England and the creation of the Holy Club to John’s and Charles' time in Georgia and Methodist Aid Societies, see how the denomination started. 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 other key figures in Methodist history. Artist Kenneth Wyatt's magnificent paintings of Jesus and the Apostles are found here.

World Nativities

The many nativities in our vast international collection are now housed in a 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 Bishops’ 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.

Historically Black Churches, Their Clergy And Members

Enjoy this new exhibit demonstrating the fundamental role people of color have taken in the formation of the United Methodist Church. Starting in the 1700s with Harry Hoosier and ending in our present day with the election of the first female black bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, Sharma Lewis, learn about the struggles of the past and ongoing work in the African American community to support the Methodist movement.

Story Moore

The mission of Story Moore is to collect and preserve the stories of Methodists living in the South Georgia Conference to build connections between people to make disciples for Jesus Christ and for the transformation of the world. The interview session is at the heart of Story Moore, acknowledging that everyone's story matters and reminding people of the value of listening. A Story Moore interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation with a friend or loved one. At the heart of a great conversation are people connecting and sharing and we have tips to help facilitate meaningful dialogue. For more information, contact us by calling (912) 638-4050 or email


Anyone may conduct research in the library free of charge. However, if you are unable to come to the library, the Moore Museum staff can gather information for you in exchange for a donation to the Museum.

To make a research request, email our Assistant Director at The fee is $10.00 per hour.

When making a request, please keep in mind we may not have what you need, but we will do our best to help.

Group Tours

Groups of any age, denomination, and number are welcome. Simply contact us to book the tour in advance. Group Tours are $50.00 per group, payable by cash, check or card. All youth and confirmand tours enjoy the option to add a rousing game of Methodist Jeopardy to end the tour.

The Museum now offers a private Wesleyan tour of Savannah, GA. Please contact the office for more information.

Christian Gift Shop

Enjoy the only Christian Gift Shop and Book Store located on St. Simons Island where all proceeds benefit the Arthur J. Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum. Holding crosses, hand-painted oyster shells, The Apostles by artist Kenneth Wyatt, and nativities make wonderful keepsakes to bring to friends and family.

Contact Us

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-4050
Monday-Friday 10 am-4pm
Saturday 10am-1pm
Closed Sundays and major holidays