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“Stunning Artwork”

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy
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Ranked #40 of 217 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Stunning Artwork”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

We really enjoyed our time in this museum, formally a private residence. The front of the building is beautiful with large scuptures of famous artists from the past that included Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and more.
We purchased the multiple price ticket for only a few more dollars that allowed us into the Jepson Center across the street and The Owens-Thomas house on Abercorn St. It was well worth it.
Bring a camera, although no photos are allowed on the inside. I would not recommend this for any one under the age of 10. There is allot of reading to do.

Visited January 2014
Thank marylou72
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Kissimmee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
“Oldest Art Museum in South”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

This museum is housed in a former mansion built in the early 1800's. The neoclassical style of the building is gorgeous. I love the sculpture gallery in front of the mansion. The museum collection is small but has some beautiful pieces. The European paintings & sculpture were impressive. The bird girl sculpture from the Midnight in the Garden book is housed here. The Rotunda room is magnificent. Pictures are not allowed inside. Entry was $12 a person but for several dollars more you can visit the Owens Thompson & Jepson Center as well.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Debra C
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Cypress, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Telfair Academy is the oldest public museum in the South!”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

It is hard to believe that this beautiful museum was once a private home made into an art museum by the bequest of the owner. The museum is a priceless reminder of the wealth that slave owners posssesed and the travels to Europe that influenced their tastes!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank patgammon
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“A bit over priced”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

At $12 per person it's a bit overpriced. It's a small museum, but it's still interesting. I'm a local Savannahian.

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“Beautiful Building”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Come here for the architecture-- mansion built in the early 1800s. The art itself is not top of the line, but some of the large scale paintings are amazing to look at. Very happy that I went and getting the combined ticket for the three museums is a great deal- especially also going to the Owens-Thomas House.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank mrh16
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