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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-306-4006
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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.
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to this museum on a Sunday. This was actually part of a 3 museum deal. The house was beautiful, and there is a lot of history there. It is a great place to go and open discussions with family and friends about the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We purchased a ticket that gave us access to Owens-Thomas, Jepson and Telfair Academy. This ticket allows you to visit on different days so you don't have to visit all three in the same day. Most of furnishings are not original and its more art,...More

Thank Kanisue
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments. All 3 Telfair Museums are different, but they each offer a unique Savannah experience... with one admission ticket!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This ticket actually gets you into three different museums which are all worth seeing. This mansion, now a museum, has a story to tell and the tours are led by qualified historians who know the details.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting museum. A very impressive collection of old artwork/artifacts. If you like old art, this is a must see.

Thank chuckdebbi
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments; we are glad you enjoyed the museum!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another one of the must do's in Savannah. This is a beautiful place and well worth your time.Enjoy the restored building and furnishings, takes you back to a time past.

Thank CJ J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house is lovely. The wallpaper in the dining room is amazing. And the art is fantastic. I really loved this place.

Thank ClarkeCassandra
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have read the other reviews here and I think they are mostly off-base. This, to me, is a MUST-SEE in Savannah. Why? Because this is where you will come to realize a great cross-section of southern society in the 19th century. I purchased the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is worth going inside to see the building and the old paintings. I would give it a "good" rating but not "very good".

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

House was designed by same architect as Owens Thomas. But Mary Telfair wanted it made into an art museum upon her death. And it was, in the most grand style. You get a great deal by paying $20 and getting into the Owens Thomas house,...More

Thank lori s
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

WOW, thanks!! And we agree that $20 for 3 Telfair Museums is a great deal; you get 3 different, but authentic, Savannah experiences with one admission ticket.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent 2 hours in this wonderful museum. Original home built in early Savannah then extended outward. Family history is discussed in detail by one of the docents who will walk you around the main floor and discuss the family's history in detail along with how...More

Thank John M
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Response from Greg F | Reviewed this property |
Like many historical places in Savannah, they have tried to accommodate, but I would not attempt a wheelchair at the Owens Thomas house. The two museums, however, are fully accessible with elevators.
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