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“Don't have to be an art love”

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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.
Reviewed June 23, 2011

If you have time in Savannah you need to stop here, it's a quant little art museum with a few rooms of the old mansion decorated to period, but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you came to Savannah and didnt see "The Black Prince at Crecy" painting in the main gallery, its breathtaking and it along is worth stopping by.

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Reviewed June 14, 2011

I recommend the combination ticket for all three of the Telfair Museums. Each is very different from the other, from the futuristic building design and modern art and creative temporary exhibitions of the Jepson Center to the more traditional art and and architecture of the Telfair Academy and Owens-Thomas House. All are worth visiting for both the art and the architecture--not to mention the historic significance of the various buildings and their interior design/furnishings.

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Reviewed February 9, 2011

The normal collection is not very extensive, but is a nice smattering of various styles prior to the 20th century. However, the special collection was exceptional. When we went, it was artwork by Philip Juras. They were all scenes from the SE coastal regions, and really were done quite well. It was amazing to both of us that he could churn out so many quality works in such a short time (over the course of a year or two). I would recommend getting the pass to see this, the Jepson, and the Owens-Thomas House. I am not sure what the price for each one is individually, but the pass is only $20, $5 for students. It was a good deal!

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Reviewed January 5, 2011

not impressed at all - went to see bird girl statue - just sitting at top of stairs - nothing about it - rest of exhibits were so-so - docent sitting on the bottom floor was sound asleep in chair - don't waste money

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Reviewed July 17, 2010

This is my second trip to the Telfair for one of their special exhibits and both times have been wonderful. Both exhibits I've targeted featured everyday objects used in Savannah and really provided insight into the colonial lifestyle. The first exhibit I saw was furniture and the most recent was silver. The variety and depth of both provided a chance to see unusual and beautiful historical objects and were just fascinating. I especially enjoyed the details of the history of each piece.

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