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Review of Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy
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Stroll with a Local through Savannah's Historic District
Ranked #39 of 210 things to do in Savannah
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Fee: Yes
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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great value (part of the package)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Excellent small art museum, not only is the art of high quality, but you also have the opportunity to view the Telfair home and see several rooms restored to the time period of the family. This museum and the other two are part of the North American Reciprocal Program.

Visited November 2012
Thank Barry H
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Museum Infant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is not for the art lover, but for those who don't mind visiting a new and small museum trying to build a collection.

Before going, check admission fee, and ask if all of their exhibit space is open, We went and three of their exhibits were closed-they were changing out the exhibits. The admission fee was the same, as if all exhibits were open.

Now it is a small museum so three closed exhibits makes it truly a small museum. It took 15 minutes to see it all, and we lingered over a few pieces.

Despite the above, the museum has a good feel to it, and I personally like small museums.

Visited November 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Savannah is a great city to experience art.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

We drove to Savannah from Hilton Head to specifically see the Telfair Museums. We went to the Jepson Center first, and then we toured the Owens Thomas House. We only had time to visit two of the three Telfair facilities. The Jepson provided an opportunity to view a great deal of Modern Art and the Owen Thomas House allowed us to tour a beautiful home in Savannah.

Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
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82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Nice small museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

Excellent exhibits. I loved the lady at the admission desk - such a sweetheart. The building is beautiful.

Visited November 2012
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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“High Quality, Accessible Collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

No, folks, this isn't the Louvre, but for a small art museum it has found its niche and presents itself well. The pieces in the permanent collection have informative plaques that explain their significance, and are shown in a stunning space, part antique mansion, part purpose-built art space. The two temporary exhibits (Mary Whyte and Preston Russell) were superb--If this is an indicator of Telfair's usual operations, I would return as often as possible!
If you're only looking for the Bird Girl, I'd advise looking at a reproduction that you can find at any gift shop in town. If you want to see a good collection of paintings and furniture that you can cover in a couple of hours, the Telfair is well worth your time. The 3-ticket package of Telfair, Jepson (modern collection) and Owens-Thomas House, which is even more economical with a AAA membership, is an excellent value if you have more than a day to spend in Savannah.

Visited October 2012
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