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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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Hours Today: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
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Reviewed yesterday

House was designed by same architect as Owens Thomas. But Mary Telfair wanted it made into an art museum upon her death. And it was, in the most grand style. You get a great deal by paying $20 and getting into the Owens Thomas house,...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded today

WOW, thanks!! And we agree that $20 for 3 Telfair Museums is a great deal; you get 3 different, but authentic, Savannah experiences with one admission ticket.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent 2 hours in this wonderful museum. Original home built in early Savannah then extended outward. Family history is discussed in detail by one of the docents who will walk you around the main floor and discuss the family's history in detail along with how...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is spectacular. Being inside gives you a feeling of what the glory days must have been like. The collection of art was not as impressive as the building itself. If you have some extra time while in Savannah then give it a try.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The art speaks for itself and the historic rooms have laminated explanation cards at each door opening to the room which gives you a reasonably good discussion edge room and its artifacts. The guided tour takes about 45 minutes so you can get the gist...More

Thank Carol K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was just okay for us, it was a package deal. $20 for 3 museums. This was our least favorite but, we are not into art.

Thank Deb F
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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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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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