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“Should be more welcoming to kids.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy
121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 790 8800
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Ranked #50 of 204 things to do in Savannah
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Winter Haven Florida
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“Should be more welcoming to kids.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We spent several days in Savannah during spring break with our kids, ages 7 and 11, who are well behaved and enjoyed the history of the city . Visited the Telfair as part of the combo ticket with the Owens-Thomas house. This could have been a great introduction to the art world for my children, as this is a small art museum. However, the guards followed us around like they were waiting for them to do something wrong. Not a very welcoming visit for our family.

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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“Insight into American art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

There is a very interesting display of Impressionist paintings by American artists, as well as a large room of paintings in a variety of styles.

The exhibition of chairs through the past 200 years designed and made in the USA gives an insight into the country's artistic and industrial development.

Definitely worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting and full of old art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very interesting. Had a great day hopping between all 3 museums. Make sure you pay for all 3. The Owens house is fascinating.

Visited March 2013
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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“A Hour for Art”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We visited the Mary Telfair Museum in about an hours's time. It was interesting, but one visit is enough. They sold us tickets to two other museums at the time and we have not yet been able to get into the Owens-Thomsen House. Thet only permit a few people through at a time, but don't take reservations. It's been very frustrating and we are going to end up skipping it.

Visited March 2013
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“Not what we expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We visited the 2 museums as well as the Telfair House by purchasing a ticket to see all three which saved money and offers a chance to see all three. My wife wanted to see the Bird Girl Statue so we paid the admission. The museums were not impressive at all; the collection was small and the rooms were in pretty poor condition compared to other museums we have visited. A large part of the museum is a chair collection throughout the years. I guess if you are into chairs and the history of chairs you might be impressed. I couldn't care less as I was there to see historic art.

Visited February 2013
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