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The oldest public art museum in the South, the Telfair Museums is an important regional and national resource of the arts, culture, and history. It encompasses two National Historic Landmark buildings, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Owens-Thomas House, which contain more than 4,500 objects from America , Europe , and Asia , dating primarily from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It also boasts North America 's largest public collection of visual art by writer Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, and the Sylvia Shaw Judson sculpture, Bird Girl, made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Telfair's newest addition is a state-of-the-art contemporary arts building, the Jepson Center for the Arts. The Jepson Center boasts of an everchanging and diverse range of contemporary and regional art, an interactive children’s gallery caled the ArtZeum, and Jepson Cafe, offering an artful dining experience right in the museum.
Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House - 124 Abercorn Street, 912.233.9743
Designed by renowned Savannah architect, William Jay, and built in 1819 as a residence for the Richard Richardson family. The Richardsons lost the home during a depression in the 1820's, and it served as a boarding house until bought by George Owens in 1830 for $10,000. It remained in the Owens family until 1951, when it was bequeathed to the Telfair Museum of Art. It includes one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South and is the finest example of English Regency architecture in the nation. Many of the Owens family's furnishings are kept there. Docent-guided tours - reservations recommended.
Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences -121 Barnard Street, 912.790.8800
Another early 1800's building designed by renowned Savannah architect, William Jay. The house was completed in 1819 as a residence for Alexander Telfair, the son of Revolutionary War patriot and governor, Edward Telfair. The rotunda, sculpture gallery and offices were added in 1883. The house and furnishings were left to the Georgia Historical Society in 1875, when Mary Telfair died. The museum was officially opened in 1886, making it the oldest public art museum in the south. The Telfair is noted for its collections of American Impressionism and Ashcan Realism, mixed with a range of European paintings.
Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts – 207 W. York Street, 912.790.8800
This state-of-the-art addition to the Telfair offers an ever-changing and diverse range of artwork, including Southern, African American, contemporary and community art. Also features outdoor sculpture terraces, Telfair Café, a museum store and ArtZeum: a captivating two-level interactive gallery with a multitude of children’s activities. Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Just steps from the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences on Telfair Square in Savannah ’s Historic District.
A compliment- The Jepson offers up suprises that delight both adults and children! So plan to spend at least two hours on site; also enjoy a terrific lunch in their cafe. The quaility and variety are not the expected fare. (Unexpected, unless you frequent national museums such as Boston's MFA or London's Tate or Washington's National and are familiar with excellent museum fare). One friend was pleasantly suprised on several occasions, when taking guests who ranged from seasoned travelers to younger children. Time well-spent for museum watching and dining.
|AAA, 65, Military*||$18|
|Family (2 adults + 2 kids)**||$40|
|One-Site Pass - Telfair & Jepson||$12|
|One-Site Pass - Owens-Thomas||$15|
*Combo tickets are valid for admission to all three sites.
**Please note: Family discounts can apply to any 2 adults with any 2 kids – not just husband/wife with 2 kids