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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-790-8800
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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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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
+1 912-790-8800
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is more of a museum than a historic house. The artwork is fantastic and the house is beautiful. You do not need the guided tour.

Thank DKatz21
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a three museum pass for the Telfair Museum (Jepson Center), Telfair Academy and the Owens Thomas house. The Telfair Museum has interesting exhibits and there were several places where children could participate. Don't forget to see the Bird Girl. Next door was the...More

Thank Mary H
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Telfair Museums. We are glad that you were able to enjoy all three museum sites that are included with your admission.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Academy; it's got nice pieces on display. However, it is a pretty small museum and had a few sections closed off during our visit.

Thank Tatiana_NikVS
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comment and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a pleasant diversion and guided tour for part of it. Some fine paintings and a few sculptures. A visit adds to knowledge of Savannah 's major art influences.

Thank Marylouise G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to all 3 locations. Our favorite was tour at Telfair Academy. They have a nice collection of impressionists. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. For $20 you can visit all 3 locations. The second location was Jepson Center that has a limited...More

Thank mom2momCalifornia
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Take the guided tour. It is short and you will get a greater understanding of the museum, house and academy.

Thank 351boomer
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

We agree that the ,free with admission, Museums to Mansion tour will give you a greater appreciation for the Telfair Academy. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 June 2017

I have been going to the Telfair and now the Jepson for many years-it really is a wonderful place-its where "The Bird Girl" now resides. Wonderfully curated -a true Savannah treasure!

Thank PerryAnn1
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for your nice comments and we are glad that you enjoyed the 3 Telfair Museum sites.

Reviewed 29 May 2017

This is a beautiful old mansion that now houses an art collection - mostly American artists with some French painters - and some sculpture.

Thank managementconsultant
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Another way to see a historic house is to visit this museum. Related to the Owens-Thomas house one admission gets you into both. There were a few period decorated rooms, as well as a nice art collection. Nice place to relax in air conditioning after...More

Thank Kristin H
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This museum is small compared to more well known ones but does offer some interesting items. The displays seem small within the huge rooms. There are a few pieces of art that are very large. For my taste, some of the military themed pieces rival...More

Thank James D
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Telfair Museums.

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