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Telfair Museums Telfair Academy

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
Phone Number: +1 912-790-8800
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
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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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Decided to check it out just because and loved going into the museum that was the old house and seeing the architecture and knowing that they lived there. Seeing how it used to... read more

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are 3 senior women who wanted to get a taste of Savannah and spent 4 days there enjoying the sites and the food. One highlight was visiting the Telfair Museums. Purchased the ticket that gets us in to the Academy, Jepson Center, and the Owen-Thomas House for $18 (senior rate!). A very knowledgeable tour guide named Drew Clark made... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Decided to check it out just because and loved going into the museum that was the old house and seeing the architecture and knowing that they lived there. Seeing how it used to be set up and how it was built and now with the art inside and it's preservation was very interesting. Worth a stop on the sight seeing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Totally impressed with the use of space, the variety of works and the collection! We visit museums in every city we travel to, and for the size of Savannah, this is truly a gem. Thoroughly enjoyed the stroll through the museum, and each exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you live in Savannah you should have a membership to the Telfair. It is a great value and they have several rotating exhibits throughout the year. Plus you get access to all three museum sites. I also enjoy the events they hold throughout the year, including the book fair, local art shows, and masquerade party.

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Thank Justin S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the ghost tour trough Old Savannah, which was terrific, but the security guard who let us into the museum on November 28th was very rude! My wife was getting tired, and just wanted to rest her legs, but this guard got it in his head that she was going to pass out and "inconvenience" him, so he forced... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post this feedback. Please know that we take your comments seriously, and we'll be taking action based upon them. We're sorry that you had a bad experience, and we'll do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen for future guests. Also, we'll be sending you a private apology, so please check... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best deals, in that three sites are offered for one $15 ticket. The Academy offers a variety of paintings and portraits capturing some of the history of Savannah, by uncommonly good artists, and the speciail Czar's exhibit was a treat. I highly recommend this and the museum.

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Telfair Academy combines an art gallery with a glimpse of grand living in an antebellum mansion. When we were there, we saw a small exhibit of rare and beautiful 19th century quilts and a show of American portraits from the Telfair collection. Buy a ticket for the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Centre (for art) and the Owens-Thomas House and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely building and artwork. Won't take long to walk through, but several sights worth lingering over. Good deal admission includes the Owen's -Taylor house ; and the Kelson which is full of typical modern art, if you are into that.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum, but lovely and interesting how converted a Savannah estate into a museum Worth the visit, lasted just over an hour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am fortunate to have visited museums all over the world. The sophistication and beauty of the Telfair Museum & Telfair Academy are admirable. Please, take your 3-4 hours to really absorb and immerse yourself in culture here.

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