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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

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Address: 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 790 8800
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Sun 1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the neoclassical...
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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Delightful

Refined, informative, beautiful and well-presented rooms with paintings, sculptures, stories and artifacts. It was a little treasure we happened upon while touring Savannah.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Refined, informative, beautiful and well-presented rooms with paintings, sculptures, stories and artifacts. It was a little treasure we happened upon while touring Savannah.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

I'm glad I decided the visit the Jepson museum, one of the three Telfair museums. There was a great exhibit on Harlem Renaissance and the blues, accompanied by a playlist of blues music. The exhibit had a range of works some familiar and others new to me. I wish I coil have taken pictures or purchased some postcards of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum and its collection are small, but definitely worth seeing. If you can, take the docent tour, you'll get a lot of interesting info about the Telfair family and the home. And if your schedule allows, definitely buy the Triple Site Pass. For $20 it's one of the best deals in town. The pass gives you entrance into the... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I always have to visit the art museum wherever I go, and Savannah was no exception. This museum is small, and I did feel that it was a bit overpriced (as a student, purchasing the 3 site pass only saved me paying the "restoration fee" more than once), but I did enjoy my visit to this museum. The commentary that... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We used our NARMP membership to enter all Telfair Trio for free, otherwise it the combination ticket was $20.00 per adult or $18.00 with a AAA membership. The Telfair Academy and Jepson Center are $12.00 each, per person, the Owens-Thomas House is $15.00, so the Triple Site Pass is the better value. We weren't impressed with the art collection; however,... More 

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Brandon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

”Don’t miss the Telfair Museum!” would be my answer if I were asked for one destination in Savannah. The buildings and their history are fascinating. The Owens-Thomas House and the Telfair Academy are historic sites and the Jepson is an amazing contemporary building. The Owens-Thomas gives you a glimpse into the life of 17th and 18th century life, and the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We enjoyed this museum. It is small and sort of difficult to find any thread of continuity of what is on show. My husband is a veteran so we were not charged a fee, but if we had been charged we would have thought the price a little high for what is available. Seniors and students also get a respectable... More 

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Mansfield, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We spent a couple hours wandering and examining the art you could get so close you could see details that one would have missed behind the ropes. 4 period rooms with gorgeous furnishings also grace the museum you should go

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you go, definitely buy the combo ticket for it, Jepson and the Owens-Thomas house. The mansion that houses the collection has an interesting history; it is off of Telfair Square.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is our third trip to Savannah and after doing all of the stuff and seeing all of the places we wanted to see we decided to kill a Sunday afternoon by visiting the Telfair Museums. We purchased the pass which is a better value. In the Telfair Academy there were some interesting pieces. Some of the art was extraordinary.... More 

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