We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: Downtown
As featured in 3 Days in Savannah
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 790 8800
Website
Improve this listing
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
More Info
$20*
and up
Best Savannah City Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 238 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Small, but worth the visit

This is a charming little museum. My husband does not enjoy museums, so it was just the right size for him. ;) it's a bit of a mix in here -- plaster casts of small classic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
KathyDG
,
Charlotte, North Carolina

Similar Things to Do in Savannah

Add Photo Write a Review

238 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We visit here today. If you plan to visit more than 1 museum them you should purchase the 3 together. 1 museum costs 12 - 15 dollars per person. If you purchase all 3 museums at one location you will only pay 20 dollars per person for all 3 museums. It's well worth the money to purchase the 3 at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a charming little museum. My husband does not enjoy museums, so it was just the right size for him. ;) it's a bit of a mix in here -- plaster casts of small classic sculpture, portraiture, landscapes, and a few room recreations. But, still, I found it a charming place and enjoyed our visit. Make sure to take... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Delray Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
269 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We stopped here because we have membership in a reciprocal museum. If not, the price would have been prohibitive for this little museum. At $20/$18 per person, our family of seven would not have gone. That being said, the place is small and a little hard to navigate the old building, but there are some interesting exhibits that kept us... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Carolina
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Be sure to check on current exhibit offerings. Have seen photography exhibits and other types here. All have been great.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Savannah, Georgia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Beautiful facility and exhibits. Knowledgeable staff. Great place to visit for art lovers. Highly recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Amazing exhibits! Worth every penny!! Each room had walls of many different styles of art. Don't recommend to parents of young children.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We bought the combo ticket for three museums. It was very nice to step in and self guide ourselves through this museum. Our favorite room was on the second floor where we could sit on this large, round sofa and stare at the paintings.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Florida
Level Contributor
106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We stopped in here because we had the triple-site ticket from the Jepson Center across the street. We didn't spend a lot of time here, but we did wander through all the rooms. Laminated cards in each room tell something of the history and objects on display. There were also a couple of rooms displaying china and silver. If you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We both liked this museum. The architecture, furnishings, artwork and docent were all very good. We bought the three museum ticket and went to two: Telfair and Jepsom. The Telfair was the best, however it was really geared toward adults.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stockbridge, Georgia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I took a free tour there which was helpful, then I walked around the building myself. Learned a lot about the history of the house and of the Telfair family, and how they brought art to Savannah from their purchasing trips abroad. Some historic plaster casts of Roman statues, some large paintings.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Telfair Museums Telfair Academy also viewed

 
Savannah, Georgia Coast
 

Been to Telfair Museums Telfair Academy? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Telfair Museums Telfair Academy staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?