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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 790 8800
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As featured in 3 days in Savannah
Ranked #39 of 110 attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This historic mansion was expanded in 1886 to house a fairly good collecttion of art work. There are rooms with modern works, as well as some excellent impressionist art work. The large exhibition hall is the rear has works hung in salon style. There are rooms the cover the Telfairs and the history of the mansion. Interesting place to visit... More

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Tampa, Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This Neoclassical Regency styled mansion was built for Alexander Telfair the son of Georgia Governor Edward Telfair by British architect Willam Jay in 1819. The mansion is situated on Telfair Square, one of the 22 remaining beautiful squares in the historic district of Savannah GA. The front of the building is spectacular with five large sculptures of famous Classical and... More

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Chester, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The mural wallpaper in the period dining room is gorgeous. From beautiful paintings to sculptures to the history of the founding of this museum, this is well worth a visit. I spent a couple of hours here and saw everything - it's not huge and overwhelming.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Much more interesting than its partner, the Jepson. Some well displayed artwork (including 2 by Childe Hassam) in several roomy galleries, and if you're a Garden of Good and Evil fan, the bird girl statue is here (no photos allowed). We enjoyed the visit. But buy the combo ticket for this, the Jepson, and the Owens-Thomas house, at $18 a... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

If it had been less expensive to visit I might have rated this as average. It is small with an underwhelming collection although extensive history of the family. Perhaps the best Savannah has to offer but not really on par with other small museums I have seen with specialized collections.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Having visited many Art museums in towns even smaller than Savannah, I was disappointed with the Telfair Museum. We got the rate that let us visit, Telfair, Jepson and the Owens Thomas house. The collection was very limited and if we had just gone to this museum, it was not worth the admission price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We enjoyed browsing the exhibits and reading about the architecture of this house. It is nicely curated and very well maintained. We bought the pass that included the Owens-Thomas house and the Jepson Museum--well worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Because this is a personal collection there is not a lot of art by artist that you will recognize. Also the building has been redone a couple of times and so the architecture is not rally always supportive of the art. Do it as part of the joint ticket for the interesting Owend-Thomas House but don't plan to spend a... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The ONLY reason I wanted to go into the Telfair museum was to see the bird lady statue from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and to see the bench Forrest Gump sat on. Well, the bench wasn't there. It's apparently in the Welcome/Visitor's Center. The statue was there, but you couldn't take pictures of it. While the... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We got the combo ticket for the Owens-Thomas House, Telfair Museum and Jepsen Art Center. The first two were worth it. Telfair had some very nice pieces as well as information about the family and mansion. Notable of course is the bird girl from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Not for people who don't like art or... More

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