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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 790 8800
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Ranked #44 of 121 Attractions in Savannah
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The oldest public art museum in the South, the Telfair Museums is an important regional and national resource of the arts, culture, and history. It... more »
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Denver, Colorado
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This lovely historic museum is worth a visit for more than the "Bird Girl" (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), which is on a prominent landing. The exhibit of southern landscapes was varied and interesting, and featured artists not familiar from other museums. The building itself is beautifully restored, with two rooms of period furniture. They have reciprocal... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We loved the modern art museum, but this traditional art museum. The paintings were limited and the space not that impressive.

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atlanta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house and Savannah in general. Her explanations of a few of the paintings definitely added to our enjoyment of this grand old home. She pointed out things that I wouldn't have noticed in the artworks.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had limited time, and we thought that we'd see a little about life and art in the past. We were very disappointed. Our docent showed us the four different rooms in the mansion, but not very interesting. Very little of original furnishings or even wall treatments were not reproductions of when the house was in use. The little bit... More

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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a fabulous find in Historic Savannah! We purchased the 3 museum pass and spent the mid-afternoon and evening exploring the three Telfair museums. We thoroughly enjoyed the variety of art and sculpture - most especially the artists from the South. Be sure to pencil time in to your visit for the Telfair Trio!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

$12.50 to enter. Free on Saturdays. Go for free otherwise not worth the $12.50. It is five floors and it is handicap friendly. The old rooms are nice- but only 3 rooms. The rest is mostly paintings. I would suggest the 3 house package.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I'm sorry...this was almost more boring than the riverboat cruise. Our trolly tour guide had some really unflattering things to say about Mary Telfair and we wanted to learn more. Had very little of her actual belongings, most of the paintings on display were painted after she died, so she never even saw 60% or more of the art in... More

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Washington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited with our 14 year old granddaughter. This was one of her choices. The museum is not large but has some beautiful artwork. Only two rooms were furnished as they were when the family lived there. The major emphasis was the artwork which was well displayed . The five dollar admission made it a bargain.

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33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Small museum, but the collection is amazing, includes 19th and 20th century American and European art. And yes, the bird girl is there too, unfortunately no photographing inside. If you are into paintings and sculptures you will definitely enjoy this museum.

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Charlotte, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wouldn't pay for separate admission, but is a nice quick stop included in the Owens-Thomas house admission. The architect is the same - fun to compare the homes which were built near the same time.

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