Telfair Academy
Telfair Academy
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10:00 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
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the neoclassical Regency style, the Telfair Academy is a former mansion built in 1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War patriot and Georgia governor Edward Telfair. In 1875, Alexander’s sister Mary – heir to the family fortune and last to bear the Telfair name – bequeathed the house and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. After significant renovation by German-born architect Detlef Lienau, whose adaptations included the addition of the Sculpture Gallery and the Rotunda, the building opened to the public in 1886 as the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bird Girl, made famous by the Jack Leigh photo on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, can be found here along with the museum's permanent collection of American Impressionism.
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  • Katie M
    Trenton, New Jersey230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet, self-paced
    We really enjoyed seeing Mary's private collection. We took our time and there was something that piqued everyone's interest. We appreciated the air conditioning and the bathrooms in the basement. The gift shop was adorable, where we bought our tickets. Elevator was helpful for me. Bird girl seemed much happier here :)
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
  • JBH
    409 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, building and interesting history
    The Telfair Academy is a beautiful building with several floors (the pamphlet says 5 floors-but there is very little art work on some of those floors). There was a docent that filled us in on the history of the house, which was wonderful. On every floor, there are docents that are willing to talk with you about all of the art work. If you are interested in the statue that was removed from the Bonaventure Cemetary (bird girl), it is located on the top floor. The Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House are included in your ticket, which makes for a very good deal. You also have several days to use them. There doesn't seem to be an option to pay for only one place, so if you only have time for one, you may wish to choose another of the historic places to tour. When we were there, we were given a discounted ticket because the Jepson Center was struck by lightning and the air conditioning was out. Even so, tickets for our family were still almost $100. Way to pricey when the only thing we were able to see was the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Catherine
    Chicago, Illinois61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Collection...Art Lovers Must Visit
    Loved this wonderful experience! Hard to decide if the building or the collection is the star. Every artwork is high quality, most historical collection. Beautiful giftshop with friendly, helpful staff. I highly recommend this treasure.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 April 2024
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Catherine
Chicago, IL61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Loved this wonderful experience! Hard to decide if the building or the collection is the star. Every artwork is high quality, most historical collection. Beautiful giftshop with friendly, helpful staff. I highly recommend this treasure.
Written 13 April 2024
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Craig
Auchtermuchty, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An excellent selection of American Impressionist and Pointilist influenced works. Some statuary and, the young girl bird feeder.
Written 28 March 2024
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Jeromye S
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The art was interesting and varied, but not a whole lot to see for the price of admission. The adjacent children's museum is a large building with very little to actually see, some of which is not that kid-friendly.
Written 14 October 2023
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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY1,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
At the lovely Telfair Academy on Barnard Street across from Telfair Square one will see examples of fine art, statues, and decorated rooms in the home. The Telfair which opened to the public in 1886 is actually the oldest art museum in the south and first founded by a woman in the United States.
Written 3 October 2023
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JBH
409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Telfair Academy is a beautiful building with several floors (the pamphlet says 5 floors-but there is very little art work on some of those floors). There was a docent that filled us in on the history of the house, which was wonderful. On every floor, there are docents that are willing to talk with you about all of the art work. If you are interested in the statue that was removed from the Bonaventure Cemetary (bird girl), it is located on the top floor.

The Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House are included in your ticket, which makes for a very good deal. You also have several days to use them. There doesn't seem to be an option to pay for only one place, so if you only have time for one, you may wish to choose another of the historic places to tour. When we were there, we were given a discounted ticket because the Jepson Center was struck by lightning and the air conditioning was out. Even so, tickets for our family were still almost $100. Way to pricey when the only thing we were able to see was the museum.
Written 26 July 2023
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TravelorDe
Indian Shores, FL41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit one of the best art collections I have ever seen. when visiting Savannah do not leave this out!
Written 8 July 2023
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Janelly R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This museum was a home once. It's such a beautiful building. It contains some very interesting oil paintings worth admiring. Recommend going if you like art.
Written 30 May 2023
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Katie M
Trenton, NJ230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We really enjoyed seeing Mary's private collection. We took our time and there was something that piqued everyone's interest. We appreciated the air conditioning and the bathrooms in the basement. The gift shop was adorable, where we bought our tickets. Elevator was helpful for me. Bird girl seemed much happier here :)
Written 12 May 2023
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A_Davis14
Fort Worth, TX132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This museum is also included in the Telfair Museum one ticket price. There isn’t a ton of artwork but what they do have is impressive. Most were deportations of American and impressionist artwork. Took us about 30-1 hour to walk through depending on how much you want to sit and enjoy the art.
Written 13 April 2023
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Virginian20171
Herndon, VA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a very charming museum with a collection that is quite lovely. I was not expecting a lot as it seems small. But it was stunning. They had some special pieces re impressionism as well...not the usual names but others Do not miss this if you like classical art.
Written 4 April 2023
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