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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

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Address: 121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
Phone Number: 912 790 8800
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Nice museum. It was included with the Owen's Thomas house ticket. Also Jenson Center is included so this is one of best deal on seeing things. Most are priced individually. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice museum. It was included with the Owen's Thomas house ticket. Also Jenson Center is included so this is one of best deal on seeing things. Most are priced individually. We loved seeing original rooms and furniture. Many nice period paintings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum was a lovely break from a hot day of touring the city. The staff was so kind and courteous. The art just wonderful. I'm use to large museums so I was surprised to see the large variety of art forms represented at the Telfair. Be sure to see La Parabol in the ballroom, it's a great story of... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice museum. A lovely home converted into a museum. Lovely paintings and great works of art with a gallery of sculptures (this area is currently closed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went a couple years ago. I don't recall the price but the girl working there said we would be her guest for the day. She took our names and gave us a sticker to wear on our shirt. It must have been some kind of special going on. I loved walking around in the museum. Very interesting. I thought... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, and superficially, a tip for overheated travelers - this place is cool as in well-air conditioned, and was a welcome respite even without the interesting exhibits. Also, there is a grate near the ticket counter which has a blast of cold air as an updraft - it was a refreshing place to stand for a minute, just mind your... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for being our guest. More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The front portion of this building was a home built in 1819 and the rear is a museum. It is also the home to the "Bird Girl' statue from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The impressive entrance with statues of Rubens and others is deceptive. The elderly lady on the ticket desk apologised because the sculpture floor was closed but there were three floors to see and out ticket was good for days so we could come back. Also ticket admits you to other museum on. The same square. Let's keep it simple. Ground... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Savannah house turned art museum. This isn't a time consuming visit, but it is worth the stop. The building is amazing and the art contained within is breath-taking. Taking the guided tour will definitely enhance your experience. Cool off in the a/c, relax and enjoy.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the Telfair museums and the Owens Thomas house museum. They exceeded my expectations, so beautiful, unique and the latter old fashioned, and upscale. I absolutely enjoyed every moment. Very very impressed. I love Art's and crafts, antiques and older homes.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have visited many Museums throughout the world and Telfair is in much need of refurbishing and greater selection of art. Very disappointing for the admission price of $29.person...

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