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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 4 days ago

We don't want to be critical, but if you have limited time, skip this one. The artists are varied, but second tier. The two historically restored rooms are the best part of the tour. Many of the sculptures, etc. were actually copies -- very well...More

Thank TwoEurophiles
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of the package of three sites this museum has a mix of art, sculpture and architecture. Some of pieces of art are fantastic such as "the bridge" in the main rotunda. Two panels depicting the life a of young girl. One of my...More

Thank Eataroundwoburn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a smaller museum but worth visiting once you have already purchased the combined admission ticket that includes the Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House since you don't need to feel obligated to spend a long time. While none of the art struck us...More

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in this beautiful building are some truly fine paintings and statues from around the world. The original director commissioned many fine replicas of famous statues and purchased wonderful paintings. The artwork descriptions beside every piece is so well written and informative. Most give excellent...More

Thank Kyfarmgirl57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love impressionists and this museum had a great assortment of American artisits who either explored or fully embraced this genre. The building also was wonderful. Great afternoon visit!

Thank Kerry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased the all venue tickets good for 7 days. WhT we did not understand was that they were only good for one visit per museum site. We did a cursory visit our first day to see where we wanted to spend more time and...More

Thank Greg F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice museum. Loved the couch in the Rotundra. Art work is a bit mediocre but overall museum is interesting.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We two couples took a guided tour of the Telfair Museum, which are at 10, 12, 2, & 4. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the family history, evolution of the building, and the collection itself. There are 3 museums associated with the Telfair, the...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a modest fee, a guest receives a pass with admission to 3 sites: telfair academy, Owen-Thomas House, and modern art museum. The pass is good for a week and entitles you to a single entry to each attraction. Owen-Thomas house is an 1800's restored...More

Thank MacnCheeseMom2014
Reviewed 5 weeks 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.

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