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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  • David G
    Bluffton, South Carolina533 contributions
    Good for novice to knowledgeable art lovers
    Telfair museum and arts center was originally home to Mary Telfair a wealthy daughter of a governor. Portraits, landscapes, city and country scenes, oceans, ships and people. Sculptures too. Even for someone such as I, there are American artists that I have heard of. The original dining room and sitting room are original, rest of house is the museum.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 3 December 2022
  • Jed B
    13 contributions
    Nice Three Museum Package
    Each of the three affiliated Telfair museums has something different to offer. The older Telfair is architecturally interesting although it’s art collection is limited. The Jepson offers modern traveling exhibits which were fantastic and is located in a very modern building. And the third, the historic mansion with guided tour, captures the residence of a very wealthy pre- Civil War family and the adjoining structure which housed resident slaves who served the family.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 28 January 2023
  • putmeinaplane
    19 contributions
    Tour
    I visited Telfair Academy as part of a tour of several houses connected with a package from The Telfair Museum. The design and architecture of Savannah is very connected. It was interesting to see how the Academy fit in to the lives of the people living in Savannah.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 16 February 2023
  • tjgosselin
    Buffalo, New York12 contributions
    The Way to see the Bird Girl!!
    Beautiful home! I went specifically to see the Bird Girl from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and was not disappointed! Appreciated the additional photos and descriptions of art in Savannah and the Bonaventure Cemetery. Paintings and art work beyond this were fine but not overly impressive. Nice gift shop!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 21 February 2023
  • A_Davis14
    Fort Worth, Texas132 contributions
    Impressive American Art
    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.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • JBH
    409 contributions
    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
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Jeromye S
3 contributions
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, NY1,762 contributions
Sep 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
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, FL37 contributions
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
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
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
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
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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Anne N
Basking Ridge, NJ6 contributions
Mar 2023
This museum is in a beautiful building, which was previously a home - so it showcases both its art collection and some rooms still set-up as they would have been when it was a home. Joint ticket with another art museum and historic home.
Written 16 March 2023
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Elena
26 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
The academy houses beautiful landscapes, portraits, and sculptures. Truly fine art. The collection is small and manageable, but exceptional. Some exquisite oil paintings from many different artistic movements and eras. I had never seen anything painted by Khalil Gibran prior to this, so that was cool. Yes, Wendy The Bird Girl sculpture is there. A lot of people came to see it. I don’t get it- a glorified bird bath that happened to appear on a book jacket. I hadn’t heard about the great artworks at Telfair, and there are some great pieces in the collection.
Written 4 March 2023
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