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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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A Must-See in Savannah's Historic District

Telfair Academy occupies a stately, Regency-style mansion in the oak-shaded Historic District of Savannah, one of America's first planned cities. It features two 19th-century... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Telfair Academy occupies a stately, Regency-style mansion in the oak-shaded Historic District of Savannah, one of America's first planned cities. It features two 19th-century period rooms with American and European arts, including paintings, works on paper, and sculpture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Nice building, collection nicely presented, but the collection on display is mediocre, very largely lesser known American artists. There is a reason people travel to major cities like NY, Chicago, Los Angeles for great art museum.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

There are 3 museums associated with the Telfair. The Telfair House itself- a couple of period rooms & 2 large rooms of an eclectic selection of ok paintings. The Owens-Thomas House is a Regency style of architecture with period furnishings & is a curated tour. Very informative , about the life and times of the house & its history. The... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is really a group of museums. The first, the Telfair House, is interesting from the standpoint that it is an old historic house. The permanent collection is on the basement and ground floors. The second floor is for temporary exhibits. The paintings and temporary exhibits are geared towards things in the 1800's - 1900's and Savannah history. The Telfair... More 

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Oak Park, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a fairly small museum, but the featured exhibits are excellent. In this instance, we saw an impressive exhibit of the paintings of Winston Churchill and another by a noted photographer. While the entrance fee is a bit pricey, it does help to support the arts in Savannah and is one of three museums for which you can buy... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This review is for the Telfair House museum. Although I admit to being cultutarly deprived as a child, I have seen many art museums in my adult life including the Lourve, the Hermitage, and many lesser ones in Europe and the US. This one was among the worst I've seen. The works were all by "artists" from Savannah or with... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I really wish that my party and I had visited the modern museum next door instead of this one. I was actually pretty disappointed by size and service provided here. Although one of the security guards was really friendly and funny, there was one that followed my party and I around as if expecting us to bring damage to the... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We were very pleasantly surprised by this little gem in the center of Savannah. The history, decor and artwork was very interesting and well presented. We loved the decor and furnishing pieces and the rooms and displays were well laid out. We enjoyed it immensely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

If you want to check out a historic home and also see some art, this is a good place to see. I was pleasantly surprised by the preserved dinning room and kitchen. The main room is full of great paintings. The story of Mary Telfair and what she donated to the city is also very interesting.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Free with military ID. We are glad we did not have to pay. We enjoyed seeing the part of the academy that was the Telfair mansion but the artwork did not enthrall us. If you go, get a tour with a docent who can explain the house and the family history.

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Address: Address: 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 790 8800
Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Georgia Coast  >  Savannah>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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