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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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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 bit over priced but nice

This is an old dwelling, donated upon death to be used as an art museum. Interesting concept. Nice artwork inside, if you appreciate art. Not worth the money for admission... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Eagle River, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place was missing something. You really needed to read the information provided at the front desk. The building had been altered so many times it did not have the feel of a home. It was donated to be a museum. There are two large galleries with good exhibits of paintings and a small kitchen with a few period rooms.... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This was one of our destinations, mostly because we wanted to see an enormous (10' x 20') painting, "The Black Prince at Crecy," by Julian Story. Staff and volunteers were enormously helpful. Museum itself is not huge but is only one part of the Telfair Trifecta: this one, the contemporary museum, and the Owens-Thomas House. On that note, if you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Wonderful museum with kind and thoughtful volunteers. My son and I went with the purpose of seeing a Warhol exhibit and were delighted to find that it was a 'Family Day.' Thus we paid no admission fee and got to participate in hands-on art projects in addition to seeing the Warhol exhibit. Great gift shop also.

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Macomb, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is an old dwelling, donated upon death to be used as an art museum. Interesting concept. Nice artwork inside, if you appreciate art. Not worth the money for admission unless your really into art, but made for an afternoon activity. Military and senior friendly with admission fees. Its a do one and done type place, but worth a look... More 

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Penticton, B. C.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A cool museum - very nice on a particularly hot day! Some nice things to look at. It is a small museum and as such they don't have a lot of things on display. Nice to go to if you're in the area but I wouldn't make a special trip to see it.

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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We purchased the triple ticket which saves a good amount of money. We really enjoyed this museum. They have many beautiful paintings. We spent a couple of hours seeing everything in the museum. Definitely should be on your list if you have time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Refined, informative, beautiful and well-presented rooms with paintings, sculptures, stories and artifacts. It was a little treasure we happened upon while touring Savannah.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I'm glad I decided the visit the Jepson museum, one of the three Telfair museums. There was a great exhibit on Harlem Renaissance and the blues, accompanied by a playlist of blues music. The exhibit had a range of works some familiar and others new to me. I wish I coil have taken pictures or purchased some postcards of the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum and its collection are small, but definitely worth seeing. If you can, take the docent tour, you'll get a lot of interesting info about the Telfair family and the home. And if your schedule allows, definitely buy the Triple Site Pass. For $20 it's one of the best deals in town. The pass gives you entrance into the... More 

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