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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

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Address: 121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the neoclassical...

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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The Telfair Academy is Worth a Visit

We've been to many art museums not only in the U.S. but throughout Europe. Although the Academy's collection is somewhat small, we enjoyed viewing it. Also, the docent made it all... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2016
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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84 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

An incredible home, now a museum which is a "must tour" for any visitor to Savannah. Thanks to the representative at the Visitor's Center on Martin Luther King Road she suggested with buy the pass to view not only this home but also the Jepson Center for the Arts and Owens-Thomas House since visiting historic homes was a high priority... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

We're glad you were able to take advantage of all three of our sites! More 

Iowa
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175 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We went to all three museums that are included in one price. The woman at the Telfair house was rather abrupt and did not have good people skills. The staff at the other two sites (Jepson and Owens-Thomas) were much more pleasant. All in all it is worth the entrance fee to get 3 in 1.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, we'll pass your comments along to our front desk staff. More 

Cincinnati
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This beautiful building has some of their standing collection, although I've heard these are replicas because of the humidity. The elegant architecture is worth the visit. Recently it was painted goldenrod, after careful research. Really perked up the square.

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Thank Turquoise2012
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! All of the art on the walls is definitely original, though the sculptures downstairs are plaster casts that were originally imported for educational purposes. Early on in the museum's history, the entire sculpture gallery would have been filled with casts, as well as students making sketches from the classical figures. More 

Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is one of those hidden treasures. The artwork is wonderful and it's a great place to get in out of the heat. And they have the Bird Girl statue.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

We're glad you discovered our museum! More 

mt. morris il
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

All 3 museums are good to see and experience. They offer different artistic styles for everyone. We especially enjoyed the Owens-Thomas house.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and we're happy you enjoyed all three sites! More 

Decatur, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

It seems like a good deal 3 buildings for one ticket price. I really enjoyed the Telfair house and Art Museum. The collections are beautiful and make you feel a variety of feelings. You know all tourists go to see the bird girl but when I finally saw her she creeped me out.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We hope the Bird Girl didn't creep you out too much to come back and visit us again sometime! More 

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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We've been to many art museums not only in the U.S. but throughout Europe. Although the Academy's collection is somewhat small, we enjoyed viewing it. Also, the docent made it all the more enjoyable as we learned about the interesting history and design of the house itself, the Telfairs, and the conversion of the house to a museum. If you're... More 

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Thank 48NYSV
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad the docent made your visit more enjoyable! More 

Pasadena, Maryland
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This museum has 3 different buildings. One has classic art one has very modern art and one is an old house that highlights history and architecture. Our party really enjoyed the tour of the house. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting and rated this as the best house tour we have ever had. The modern art section has a... More 

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Thank zydecolady
Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed all three sites! More 

Cool, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The statues alone are worth a walk-by. We had an actor dressed as the famous architect and came aboard our tour trolley and gave a brief, impassioned monologue on his contributions to the historic district.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you got to meet William Jay! More 

Dunedin
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The guided tour explained the history of the house and its collections including the sculptures there. The art collection is worth viewing

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