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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-790-8800
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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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“jepson center” (67 reviews)
“art museum” (39 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
Downtown
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great collection. Not contemporary. But some fine European and southern US works. Lots to see. All situated in a grand old home designed by William Jay.

Thank n s
Reviewed 6 days ago

I liked this museum better than the Jepson, both are very good. The art here is more impressionist which we enjoyed. The house itself is quite impressive. Definitely go here.

Thank Avelave
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We lucked out having historical interpreter Jacqui B. as our guide through the Owens-Thomas property and then completely by chance, we landed in her tour of the Telfair Academy the following day where she made the art come alive. Best of all, she painted a...More

1  Thank Mama_from_Alabama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You get acces to three museum on three locations within walking distantie of each other. Each is different and that makes it more interesting. Situated in the historical district of Savannah a must see when you visit this beautiful town. Enjoy the art and have...More

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

Thank you for your comment. We agree that getting 3 authentic Savannah experiences for 1 admission ticket is a great deal. Happy New Year!!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good art museum. The art is very beautiful and they have a large number of impressionist paintings. The casts of the sculptures from the Vatican Museum are not in great condition.

Thank benjiak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a review on the museum itself, read a different review. We didn't even get to see the museum. Read on to find out why... We were visiting Savannah for the first time and just wandering around. It was a bit...More

Thank charlieg71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a nice hidden jewel. Well, not hidden because it's painted orange sherbert, but hidden in that you don't expect to find such beautiful art in a place like Savannah, Georiga. The staff were friendly and helpfuland there was a lot to see....More

Thank authorsuezsnowflake
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historic Savannah home by English builder John Jay converted into beautiful art museum. Excellent broad spectrum collection. Highly recommend!

Thank David D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you purchase a ticket to the Telfair you're actually getting three different experiences. First is the original museum with art from different eras of Savannah's history and housed in one of the city's most beautiful buildings. Second your ticket allows you to visit the...More

Thank ARodriguezP
Reviewed 15 December 2017

The Telfair Museum Impress by Southern Impressionism... Being myself Arts lover, amateur painter and professional architect.... Walking around historic Savannah areas is like been in heavens ! This impression was increased when, as scheduled, I went to visit the nice “Telfair Museum”, were I was......More

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