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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the...

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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Nice museum for a rainy day

Visited during a rainy day on vacation in Tybee Island. It was beautiful mix of paintings, artifacts and history. Bought the combo ticket to see the Monet exhibit in adjoining... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathy H
California, Maryland

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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I avidly support the arts. If you go, just hope that your $12 is supporting the growth, expansion, and diversity of this museum. I wish there was more to see, but I left disappointed.

Thank Travelingheadricks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. We are an older couple, but I can imagine children would enjoy it as well. There are some interactive exhibits along with others that just make you think and feel.

Thank Traveler7504
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the combo ticket for the three Telfair Museums. The Jepson Center and Telfair Academy are best seen as part of the package ticket because they are over-priced individually. The Museum was formerly a mansion. Nothing outstanding in the museum, although the old kitchen in the basement is worth a look. There was an interesting picture of the Art... More 

Thank Cathy S
Anderson, South Carolina
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm an outdoor guy. Hunting, fishing, etc. So I was not excited when my girlfriend wanted to go here. But it was pretty good. I liked the Black Prince painting, which is huge. We got a 3 location pass. Don't take pictures of the Monet! They don't tell you that ahead of time! But it was OK, I didn't get... More 

Thank 2ndAmendmentRights
Indian Land, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful collection of art and history in this museum. Spend some time visiting this centrally located museum and then spend some time reflecting the art in the Telfair Square across the street.

Thank Sandra R
Bismarck, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is hard to rate. When you buy admission, you also get admission to the Jepson Center, down the street. This is an old house, converted into a museum. It is a very mixed collection. If you are not familiar with 19th century museums that invested in plaster cast replicas of major statutes, you're in for a treat (if... More 

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California, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited during a rainy day on vacation in Tybee Island. It was beautiful mix of paintings, artifacts and history. Bought the combo ticket to see the Monet exhibit in adjoining museum. Good for seven days and one time entry to each of the three Telfair museums. We'll be heading back.

Thank Kathy H
Saint Augustine, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased tickets to tour three featured destinations for the Telfair Museums. We saw the Monet exhibit that was wonderful.

Thank Casserleigh S
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our trip...Magnificent collections and facility. Education program was impressive. A real treasure

Thank Ed B
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought theTelfair Museums pass which included admission to the Telfair Academy Mansion and Museum, the Jepson Center For The Arts, and the Owens-Thomas House with carriage quarters for enslaved labor. The three locations are within a short walk from Telfair Square to Oglethorpe Square. These facilities contain the Victorian art, artifacts, furnishings and stories of Savannah's elite families. I... More 

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