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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
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun 1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Sebastian, Florida
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197 reviews 197 reviews
67 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I suppose most visitors come here seeking the famous bird-girl statue. It sits on the second floor in a prominent position. The statue is strikingly small. But elegant. The museum's historic mansion is old and restored beautifully. Don't miss the mansion's original art gallery downstairs in the below-ground level room. The marble floors throughout are incredible. There are about six... More 

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Miami, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you are looking for some good art in savannah just go here. It is a very nice place and they also had a package for $40 where for 2 kids and 2 adults you go and you can look around there, jepson art center, and the Owens-Thomas house. Its a great deal and i had a good time

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Berkley, Michigan
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41 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It's hard to believe that a mansion could make for such a pleasant viewing experience, but it does. It's also perfectly sized for a good 90 minute to 2 hour stay - you don't feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content like one may at some of the larger museums around the country and around the world. I enjoyed... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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112 helpful votes 112 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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28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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52 attraction reviews
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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