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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-306-4006
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
Downtown
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Started at the Jepson Museum and the Telfair Academy is included in the price of the Jepson admission. Nice period furniture and room settings and the art collection worth a look.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The house is beautiful and worth a trip. Our guide, however, was not. He seemed to have memorized the standard talk and delivered it rapidly. He did not know anything outside of the canned speech. At least 3 times, people asked questions and his response...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your comments. If you know the interpreter's name, or the date and time of your tour, please let us know at info@telfair.org. We are always striving to improve the experience for our guests and would like to share your comments with him....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I must admit that the only reason I visited is because the admission was included in my ticket from the Owens-Thomas house. I spent 20-30 minutes here. I am not really an art museum person but I guess if you like art museums, then you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of 3 museums run by the Telfair people. The home/museum is very beautiful, and the paintings and sculpture represent some very nice works of the 19th and early 20th centuries. There was an exhibit on "Orientalism" which had some nice pieces and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought tickets to the Jepson Center and it exceeded all expectations. After that we were short on time but wanted a quick look at the Telfair seeing it was right next door and admission was included with our Jepson tickets. The outside of Telfair...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide, Abby, provided a very interesting and professional tour of the Owens home, complete with a lot of contextual information about the residents of the home over time, and the realities of life for the enslaved persons who lived and worked there. Excellent...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buying one entry ticket gets you into 3 museums, including the Owens-Thomas House. Great example of local art, worldly sculptures and of course the Bird Girl statue. I highly recommend visiting the museums!More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments! Telfair Museums offers 3 authentic Savannah experiences with a single admission ticket; it's a great value. And although you can easily tour all 3 museums in less than a day, the ticket is good for up to 7 days if...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit the museum on a rainy day recently. We normally do not enjoy contemporary art museums as much as fine art museums. However, this is an exception. We had a great time with the interactive exhibits (TechSpace) on the second floor. Lots...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad that the rain brought you to the Jepson Center and that you enjoyed the day!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great collections. Well worth spending a bit of time at. Love the statues outside the main entrance.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wonderful! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Telfair Academy.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jepson is a remarkable museum from the opening space which is a work of art all by itself. Open, white, airy, bright with a marble staircase leading up to exhibits. Lots of hands on fun. We were traveling with a 2 year old and...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gail, we are glad that your family enjoyed your visit to the Jepson Center.

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Response from Greg F | Reviewed this property |
Like many historical places in Savannah, they have tried to accommodate, but I would not attempt a wheelchair at the Owens Thomas house. The two museums, however, are fully accessible with elevators.
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