Jepson Center & Telfair Children's Art Museum

Jepson Center & Telfair Children's Art Museum

Jepson Center & Telfair Children's Art Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center presents highlights from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection and also treats visitors to an ever-changing array of exceptional artwork—from classical European masters to daring emerging artists. The Jepson Center also features a hands-on children’s museum space, TechSpace, daily drop-in studio activities for all ages, and unique shopping.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • lewseph
    Boston, Massachusetts77 contributions
    Wonderful unique lunch spot
    The real subject is the Wildflower Cafe in their Atrium. As far as I can tell, this is the only place in town to have an excellent healthy lunch, We had a lively quinoa bowl and a hummus on flatbread- both were zippy. The atrium is beautiful also,
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Elena
    26 contributions
    Enjoyed Sensitive Contacts
    I did not spend a lot of time. Not a huge connoisseur of contemporary art, and I had already been to the 2 other museums included in the admissions ticket. Getting toward the end of my day, and ready to get back to the hotel. Having said that, I am glad that I made a quick run through. The Sensitive Contacts installation was fun. Enjoyed interacting with the faces on the monitors and waving my hands around to make the screens change. It’s not a permanent exhibit, though. I’m sure the permanent exhibit is great contemporary art. Just not my main interest.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Katherine p
    Boston, Massachusetts160 contributions
    Go For the Art, Stay for the Food
    This is an extraordinary museum and the Moshe Safdie building alone is worth a trip to Savannah. However, it houses wonderful, provocative exhibitions. We have been to it each time over the years we have been in Savannah. This time we viewed Photography's Last Century and Anything Goes:Contemporary Art and Materials in particular. What I very much wanted to review, but couldn't find a way to enter it alone-it had just opened when we were there in early March- is the Wildflower Cafe. It's localed on the ground floor beneath the soaring atrium with those windows looking strait out at Telfair Square and over to the Academy. It became our go to spot during our five days in the city when we wanted a cold drink and a bite to eat. Their Feel Good Bowls are just that with fresh local ingredients. Many vegan, gluten free options. The Butterbean hummus flatbread was a favorite. It was hot (happily so since we are from Boston) and the tall glassesof sweet tea were a godsend, we became sweet tea converts with the syrup containing coriander (?).
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 7, 2023
  • A_Davis14
    Fort Worth, Texas132 contributions
    Modern Art
    We probably wouldn’t have toured this museum if it wasn’t included in the overall Telfair Museums one ticket price. The artwork is beautiful but very modern and just not our cup of tea. If you enjoy very modern photography and artwork then this museum will be good option for you. It’s very small and only took us maybe 30 minutes to go through.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
  • rgeulen
    Wallingford, Connecticut561 contributions
    Great museum
    I checked out this place since I had gone to another museum and they said I could enter here too as part of the ticket. I am glad I did. Nice easy day to walk a round and check out the museum. Very informative. There is a sister museum too down the street. What a great package.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York1,764 contributions
    A Treat for Children of All Ages
    The Jepson Center & Telfair Children's Art Museum is a treat for children of all ages. The museum houses contemporary art and traveling exhibits, as well as a cafe and gift shop. One of our favorite parts was the interactive Children's museum. We also enjoyed "Age of Armor," a traveling exhibit with amazing displays of armor and weapons from as early as the 1500s.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • wanderingconstance11
    Charleston, South Carolina81 contributions
    Visit the Jepson Center and the Telfair Museum next door
    This is one of the best museums I have ever visited, and I have visited many. The building is beautiful, open, with skylight and a glass front so you look onto the square if you are sitting in the cafe. Exhibits rotate. Some are permanent though. Nice interactive areas for children including a garden with moving parts and a place to create their own art. Cup of coffee I had in the cafe was one of the best tasting ever. Museums need funds and you won't be disappointed if you visit here. The older Telfair Museum next door has impressionist paintings among others, plus the original Bird Girl statue that was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You get both museums on one ticket, very reasonable for the enjoyment you get. Go!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 4, 2023
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Oscar A
4 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
My wife and I went to the museum almost 2 hours before closing and were told we could not go look at Owen Thomas House because guides were no longer giving tours. At the Jepson center we were rushed to leave the building 20 minutes before closing by so called security that just wanted to clock out and get out of there. Very unprofessional and not worth the money!
Written March 29, 2021
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We regret that due to COVID protocol to ensure visitor safety that we can only offer a limited amount of appointments at the Owens Thomas House. We look forward to the day when we can return to welcoming more visitors during the day. Safe travels!
Written April 17, 2021
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panpanda
Atlanta, GA920 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
There's two museums here, the Telfair Museum, in an old mansion; and the Jepson Center, modern building housing contemporary art
The famous statue from the book "Midnight in the Garden of ..." is now housed in the Telfair Museum.

Beautiful rooms kept to 1800s standards at the Telfair Museum, plus an additional wing of lovely art.
A relaxing way to spend an afternoon at the Jepson Center with adults allowed to make and take art projects
Written February 25, 2020
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Carol757
Springfield, VA4,240 contributions
Oct 2019
The Jepson Center is the modern art side of the Telfair Museums (one ticket gets you into all three), and was my least favorite of the three institutions. My husband and I particularly enjoyed an exhibit that featured virtual reality and other modern ways of looking at art that was showing while were there, but it seems that the exhibits change regularly. I'd advice checking the website first to see whether there's anything on offer that will float your boat.
Written March 1, 2020
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Flyer42503072831
Richmond, VA2 contributions
Feb 2021
The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters tour was not worth the $20 dollar admission fee. The museum workers were indifferent, if not rude, and unavailable for questions. We were treated like cattle. The historical descriptions of the rooms were filled with conjectures and suppositions. On the other hand, the food and service were excellent at Joe's At the Jepson, where you can eat without having to pay the high admission fee.
Written February 20, 2021
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Our Interpreters at the Owens Thomas House and Slave Quarters share your dismay with the lack of being able to interact with visitors as was done pre-COVID. They are there for questions so if you can tell me more about why you couldn't ask a question, please email me the details so I can address that. daughtryc@telfair.org Glad you liked Joe's! They have great food and great service. Your $20 admission fee covered three sites, and if that was not explained to you please let me know that too. All three sites have unique aspects so its nice to have something for everyone all in one ticket. Do email me those details. Talk soon!
Written February 23, 2021
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Lainie L
New York City, NY198 contributions
Aug 2021
Jepson was part of a 3-for-1 ticket that also includes the Owens-Thomas House and the Telfair Academy. I'm not a fan of modern art but I'm a fan of art. I'm always looking to be challenged intellectually and artistically so I was really looking forward to my visit. The building is modern, with swooping ceilings and graceful lines. The art featured is diverse, eclectic, and not for everyone, but it was enjoyable to look, learn and listen.
Written September 14, 2021
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A_Davis14
Fort Worth, TX132 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We probably wouldn’t have toured this museum if it wasn’t included in the overall Telfair Museums one ticket price. The artwork is beautiful but very modern and just not our cup of tea. If you enjoy very modern photography and artwork then this museum will be good option for you. It’s very small and only took us maybe 30 minutes to go through.
Written April 13, 2023
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NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada877 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This is part of the three ticket admission for the Telfair Muesems, it was a our least favourite of the three. Located across the street fro the Telfair Academy it is an easy quick stop. The building itself is interesting and there is a gift shop with some nice pieces. The art focus is on contemporary and modern although there are not a lot of pieces.
Written April 12, 2020
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Alitraveli
Seattle, WA45 contributions
Dec 2019
I have been here twice and loved it both times. I'd gladly visit just to be in this beautiful building designed by the architect Moshe Safdie and to enjoy the views from throughout the building and from the building's huge windows to the lovely square outside. I have also really enjoyed the exhibits on both visits. Highlights were a chance to experience virtual reality art and an outstanding impressionism exhibit. The latter was made even better by one of the best docent tours I have ever experienced. I also highly recommend the wonderful gift shop here. Aren't museum gift shops the best?
Written August 1, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. The building is definitely a work of art in itself. We're glad you enjoyed our experience(s) and your docent tour. Yes, I think museum gift shops are the best too! Hope to see you back again in the future!
Written August 25, 2020
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Adventure37481303119
Newport, RI10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Yes. “The Bird Girl” statue that was in the cover of the book is here - she even has her own room! She was taken from the Bonaventure Cemetery for fear that she’d be vandalized. Very curious and beautiful piece.
The rest of the collection is comprised of mostly American paintings - none by well known artists - but a lovely collection nevertheless. A few rooms with furniture gives you a sense of the Victorian period of antebellum Savanah.
The Jepson Museum, which has a small restaurant, is a magnificent structure artfully placed in the park with rotating shows.
Written April 17, 2022
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344Florida
Orlando, FL38 contributions
Sep 2021
While disappointed that Telfair Academy was undergoing deep cleaning, the Jepson did not disappoint. The three floors housed very different experiences. From Impressionist art in Curators Choice to the audiovisual experience where you could be in the art to the wind sails of a slave family journey,there was much to generate many conversations for the rest of our Savannah visit. We soon realized we would not have had time to see the Academy as well. And don’t miss Joes At The Jepson for lunch...or maybe just dessert. Yummy!
Loved the whole experience.
Written September 18, 2021
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