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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

Address: 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 912 790 8800
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Finger Lakes, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Rain drove us inside the Jepson Museum at first, but we sure were glad it did. This is a first class museum with an excellent variety of art. We next headed to the Telfair House that was as interesting seeing the house as the art it contained. Finally the next day we went to the Owens-Thomas House. This was a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I loved thos place. Great art and history. Bird Girl is there and behind glass. No photoa of her are allowed and strictly enforced. Would be nice of photos could pay a fee to photograph her. But I settled on purchasing favorite art print in tej gift shoppe.

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Canberra, Australia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I came here to see the Bird Girl statue of course, but was impressed with the great collection of sculptures and paintings, especially downstairs. The house itself is beautiful too, and although it doesn't take very long to walk around, I recommend taking some time to explore the details. A great surprise and highly recommended, and the staff were very... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Buy a combination ticket for the Mansion, Jepson, and Owens-Thomas. The Musuem/Mansion is built by the same architect, William Jay, as the Owens-Thomas house. Free guided tour. Museum is not large and easily manageable. I especially liked the art in the main rotunda room which is mostly from the late 1800's and very early 1900's. Art on the upper floor... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The Telfair Museums represent an excellent collection of art museums for a small city. The Telfair house holds the collections from the earlier periods of art. The home was once owned by a prominent lady in Savannah, who decided she wanted her legacy to be this art museum. Her home was transformed into this art museum. The modern art museum... More

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Rushville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Spent some time in the Telfair Museum and the Jepson Center. Tickets were very affordable and the museums, although small, were worth visiting.

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Austin, Texas
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Telfair is a great stop to see some interesting art, in a unique old house. If you are a fan of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Telfair is where you can see the Bird Girl statue...she really is lovely. What we enjoyed about this museum is that it is small, you can take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This museum was well curated and the rooms were spacious. The collection was varied and we both enjoyed the eclectic exhibition.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We didn't visit all the properties in this complex, just the Telfair Academy property. A beautiful building and the traveling exhibit at this time called 19th Century Spirit from the Johnson Collection was an interesting collection of Hudson River School style et al of Southern landscapes. The rest of the pieces on exhibit are interesting for their inclusion in the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Mainly bought a ticket for the Jepson Center, but decided to take advantage of the student pricing ($5) to visit this place too. Very friendly desk staff and gorgeous art. I actually enjoyed this museum much better than the Jepson Center. Definitely worth the stop for the great works housed here.

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