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“A disappointment”

Telfair Museums Jepson Center
Ranked #50 of 213 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past, unifying the museum’s three distinct sites.The building, designed by Moshe Safdie and opened to the public in 2006, features over 7,500 square feet of gallery space for major traveling exhibitions of contemporary art and installations of works from the permanent collection. Educational programming takes place in the 220-seat auditorium, community gallery, education studios, and ArtZeum—a unique, 3,500-square foot interactive gallery for children and families.
Massachusetts
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

The building is beautiful, but the collection was virtually non existent. There were a couple of children's rooms (we did not have children with us), two kinetic pieces (mildly interesting), a few pieces of sculpture (ditto), and some amateur art. That was it. The museum was between shows, so two galleries were closed.
The key is to buy the three-fer ticket, at $18, which gives admission to this place and also the Telfair Academy museum (much more interesting) and the Owens-Thomas house, at about half the price of the three separately.

Visited March 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nothing to see!”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had been looking forward to visiting the museums around Savannah and had heard Jepson was worth going to. The building is newer and obviously expensive but there was hardly anything of value there! There were multiple rooms for children's tours and a few exhibit rooms, some of which were closed. All of the exhibit rooms had closed door and very little direction as to what was where. Unfortunately it really wasn't worth going to. The other Telfair museums were much more interesting.

Visited March 2014
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Acton, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Magnificent Contemporary Design!”
Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Although the center was in between exhibits, it offered a lovely and light open space for wandering and viewing. The available exhibits were high quality and I particularly liked the historical perspective of Freedom and Slaves of Savannah. Definitely worth $5 to visit solo; do not advise spending the extra money for the admission to Telfair.

Visited March 2014
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Duluth
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Picked the wrong time”
Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Jepson center as part of a threefer with Telfair and the Owens Thomas house. The building is beautiful if not exactly fitting with a historic district. Unfortunately we picked a day when the exhibits were being changed and there was little to see. The cafe is good though.

Visited March 2014
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Worth a Stop”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We enjoyed browsing the museum--both the permanent collections and the visiting exhibits. There are areas for children that are very well done. There is also a cafe on the second floor.

Visited March 2014
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