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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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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-790-8800
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our visit to all 3 locations. Our favorite was tour at Telfair Academy. They have a nice collection of impressionists. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. For $20 you can visit all 3 locations. The second location was Jepson Center that has a limited...More

Thank mom2momCalifornia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the guided tour. It is short and you will get a greater understanding of the museum, house and academy.

Thank 351boomer
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We agree that the ,free with admission, Museums to Mansion tour will give you a greater appreciation for the Telfair Academy. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been going to the Telfair and now the Jepson for many years-it really is a wonderful place-its where "The Bird Girl" now resides. Wonderfully curated -a true Savannah treasure!

Thank PerryAnn1
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your nice comments and we are glad that you enjoyed the 3 Telfair Museum sites.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old mansion that now houses an art collection - mostly American artists with some French painters - and some sculpture.

Thank managementconsultant
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another way to see a historic house is to visit this museum. Related to the Owens-Thomas house one admission gets you into both. There were a few period decorated rooms, as well as a nice art collection. Nice place to relax in air conditioning after...More

Thank Kristin H
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This museum is small compared to more well known ones but does offer some interesting items. The displays seem small within the huge rooms. There are a few pieces of art that are very large. For my taste, some of the military themed pieces rival...More

Thank James D
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Telfair Museums.

Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful old world museum with art, example of a formal dining room and kitchen with wood burning oven. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Tom G
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Telfair Academy.

Reviewed 6 May 2017

The Telfair House and Museum is an important part of the cultural history of Savannah. It houses an incredible number of paintings and other artifacts. This is a must see for young artists as well as for all ages who appreciate our art heritage.

Thank Anderson50
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

The two separate galleries are impressive, they are so huge. Some massive paintings adorn the walls. Architecture is impressive also. Jepson center just across the street.

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 4 May 2017

I was impressed with the collecion of this gem of a museum. Great paintings. Three well presented period rooms. I'm glad I went.

Thank MusikSkulDropout
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