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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
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+1 912-790-8800
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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Beautiful Art

This house is full of beautiful art. The paintings in the Rotunda is breath-taking. The house itself is a work of art.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This house is full of beautiful art. The paintings in the Rotunda is breath-taking. The house itself is a work of art.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great tour at the Telfair Academy. Thank you Drew for your excellent tour and sharing your wealth of knowledge with us.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The house is beautiful. The art is an outstanding collection. I cannot think of one piece that I did not like.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our family really enjoyed our museum visit. The paintings are wonderful and the history fascinating!

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting variety of art. The tour guide in the old mansion was very knowledgeable and coupled the family history with the exhibits. Can easily recommend a visit. Well worth the ticket price. The other buildings have a variety of interesting exhibits also.

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

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed all theTelfair Museum sites that you can visit with one admission ticket. More 

New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity and range of artwork at the Telfair Museum. The lady at the front desk was lovely and very knowledgeable when I asked about the wall paper in the dining room. Lots to see. The same architect who designed the Owens Thomas House designed this. Lovely square.

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

Thank you for visiting the Telfair Academy and we are glad that you enjoyed it! More 

Savannah. GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and I wandered into this museum almost by chance and were thoroughly entertained by the live music performance as well as the high quality artwork throughout the museum. Very worth the time and effort to walk the stairs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good selection of art work on display including a Samuel Morse portrait.Interesting sculpture and some modern rotating exhibits

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Madison, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a super pleasant surprise. The selection/collection of artwork is diverse and thought-provoking. I would definitely return and plan on doing so very soon with others to share the experience.

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Thank you for your comments and we hope you return soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Telfair Museum. Its size doesn't overwhelm, but it's packed with beautiful artwork. The selection was very impressive. It's well worth a visit.

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