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Ranked #36 of 166 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.
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited the museum yesterday and instantly were taken aback by the fact that it was free to come in. We went down stairs first and saw what I considered an old an unappealing room with some OK artwork. We then moved up to the second floor and WOW! A room filled with original paintings that were awe inspiring. From the size of the paintings to the beauty of them, I could have stayed there for hours. Lastly we went to the third floor and enjoyed the Mobil interaction scavenger hunt and the insight of the security guard. I would certainly recommend this museum.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The art collection is nothing special. The chairs are interesting, but, judging by other reviews, they aren't to everyone's taste. The building itself holds some interest, but unfortunately successive renovations have dumbed it down substantially. The most interesting thing I saw was the artwork in the men's room: prints of the original architectural drawings showing how the gallery floors were connected by a beautiful light well. Why they would hide those drawings in the bathroom, I can't explain.

Thank geedebee
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The original "girl" statue from the "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil" is now located in this Academy/Museum. It's a lovely old home with many pieces of fine antique furniture & dining pieces. The art 9that which is hung on the walls) is unusual and though there aren't hundreds & hundreds of pieces, what they DO have is interesting & unusual. Viewing the home & furnishings was best! Due to limited time, we purchased tickets for ONLY this building of the Telfair(s). It is not required to buy tickets for all 3 @ once, though, if you do have the time (& energy in the heat of the summer!) it is a better deal, of course, to purchase tickets, as a "set", for all 3 sites.
The guard on the 2nd floor was friendly, helpful, interesting ( he knew quite a bit about "his" pieces!) & charming. He reminded us that Robert E. Lee, General Wm. T. Sherman and Teddy Roosevelt all stood & looked out the same window that we were. Neat!

Thank Marycbgc
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Enjoyed looking at the house and the art not so much the chairs. Good variety of paintings and sculpture

Thank Brad B
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is where you have to go if you want to see the Bird Girl statute (no pictures are allowed). As others have said, this museum is very small, but you also get to see the Jepson Center and Owens-Thomas House for one admission price. Both are well worth a visit. We saw a great current exhibition (April 16 - September 15, 2013) called Facing South, Portraits of Southern Artists at the Jepson, and the Owens-Thomas house is probably the best house to visit if you are only going to visit one.

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