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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 790 8800
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Ranked #41 of 122 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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53 helpful votes 53 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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hana527
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

OK, the bird girl statue is there, and it is admirable for Savannahans to have made the effort to develop this museum, but they have a long way to go to make it a notable attraction.

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Houston
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Telfair Museum is the same thing as the Telfair Academy, just fyi. I was a bit confused and when I called the Visitor's Info Bureau the lady was rude about it: "There is only ONE Telfair Museum!" she said. Well, I'm sorry, lady, that's not entirely true. The website, telfair.org, lists three: 1) The Telfair Academy, 2) The Owens-Thompson... More

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florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Enjoyed seeing how people decorated in the 1800's. There is also art throughout the mansion. The museum also has the Bird Girl statue. We purchased a three museum pass and we wee happy we did.

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Denver, Colorado
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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