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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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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

The museum docent pointed out, “We love to party, and that means drinking.” The Telfair Academy is, well, not really an academy. It is a historic former residence and a fine art museum for a small city. Unsure how the booze comment fits in with...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

I was unhappy that I had to buy a ticket for all 3 of the Telfair museums to see the Owen-Thomas house, my main interest. $21, more than the Louvre or the Orsay. The Telfair mansion has been so remodeled over the years as to...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2017

This is a great value that offers three very different experiences. The Owens-Thomas House is a very interesting historic home with one of the very first indoor plumbing systems. You can only tour this home with a guide so yout experience is somewhat dependent on...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

Thank you for your comment. We are glad that you were able to visit, and enjoy, all 3 Telfair Museum sites with your single admission ticket.

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

This moderately sized museum has a really lovely art collection, including works from Childe Hassan, Frederick Frieseke and Gari Melchers (who was also,curator and added amazing pieces to the collection). Take a guided tour (offered a couple of times daily) to learn about the building's...More

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2017

Thanks for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House. Of course, we really cannot apologize for not letting you "borrow" any of our decorative arts objects, since we want to share them with all our visitors! But you are...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2017

The academy is beautifully preserved and the original artwork is absolutely breathtaking. The history is so interesting.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Telfair Academy.

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

The person my wife works for is a serious collector of art. That's stimulated an interest on her part to see different works. So we decided to include The Telfair Museum while in Savannah for an extended weekend. I found it to be a good...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

We had purchased a three for one ticket and this was our second stop. Very unique in as far this had been a summer home and seeing how beautiful it was and now this is a museum.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

This museum is well worth a visit. We enjoyed the collection and saw some very nice contemporary pieces. Easy to find as it is right downtown and very welcoming, especially on a warm day.

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Reviewed March 27, 2017

Little gem of a museum, quick in and out (can be seen pretty thoroughly in 90 minutes on your own), tours offered, some gorgeous pieces and a few well-known artists. Admission here is also good at Jepson Center next door and valid over a week,...More

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Reviewed March 21, 2017

This is an eclectic place, with a series of quirky exhibitions available, all to be found in a very architecturally interesting building.

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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Museums Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2017

Thank you for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Telfair Academy.

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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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