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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
Downtown
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are not huge art enthusiasts but found this museum worthwhile. Since it is small, it was not a large time commitment. We were glad to have visited and I would suggest you allow an hour minimum.

Thank tcubsfan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Telfair House and Museum, Jepson Museum and Owens-Thomas House all for one price. Interesting history and a few decent paintings. Good special exhibit on Hattie Saussy.

Thank planningpro
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was only able to walk around this unique place. The statues are beautiful. It does cost to go into the museum. You will be in awe to witness the statues in Savannah. Not something I thought I would see.

Thank ConnieRk1
Reviewed 6 days ago

What was displayed of the collection was just not that interesting. I enjoyed the special exhibit if Hattie Saussy's painting best of all.

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the least interesting of the 3 places you pay one price to visit. Overall mediocre- nothing particularly interesting on display

Thank Taryn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is well cared for, and the staff are quite knowledgeable. Out tour guide was John. He is a pleasant speaker who keeps your attention. He is very knowledgeable about their museums and allows questions from the tourists without making you feel like you...More

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

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your tour with John. Our interpreters are very knowledgeable and they like to share that information with our guests.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are into the art museums this one is short & sweet. Also carried a good variety from classical sculptures and paintings. You 1 ticket price gets you into 2 other sites to visit.

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum, housed in a historic home in Savannah is a mosh mosh of sorts mixing historic home site with art museum. The history of the home and its people is presented simply and clearly. This historic rooms are worth peek to be sure, but...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The art in the Telfair Museum ~ Telfair Academy is ok. The building is wonderful. This if free to see with the purchase of the Owen's home tour ticket.

Thank Cindy P
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We are glad you enjoyed the architecture at the Telfair Academy and were able to use your Telfair Museums admission ticket at the two locations.

Reviewed 14 August 2017

The history is interesting. As a historical home, the few available rooms and the odd museum addition made the location much less interesting to me than other historical homes I have visited. The art work displayed was similarly not as interesting to me as other...More

Thank sjlm
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