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“Better collection than one would expect, and larger”

Telfair Museums Telfair Academy
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Ranked #39 of 220 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.
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

A modest building from the outside, this house/gallery has a fine collection. Particularly the temporary exhibit on the 5th floor with De Koonig, James D Brooks and other paintings.

The three museum pass, particularly at just $5 for students, is highly recommended. Great space to walk through also.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The three parts of the telfair museum are each well,worth the time to explore. We especially enjoyed the narrated tour of the Owens mansion and our guide was both knowledgable and entertaining.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This was our favorite museum. Each piece was interesting and the house is really something to see. We were annoyed that one of the security guards wouldn't stop following us so we felt like we couldn't talk. Other than that, the staff was very friendly and the museum is worth a look.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The museum was quite unexpected - from the outside it looked like it might be drab and dull but inside it was a revelation. This is one of those unexpected delights in Savannah.

There are several rooms that have been recreated as dining rooms and the grand spaces are filled with interesting paintings. From American impressionism to the Club of 8 and from European portraits to sculpture and of course the famous Bird Girl statues.

Its a welcoming and friendly museum that pays the visit

Thank ESVincent
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed this visit. The collection was quite varied and the explanation of the pieces were quite informative. Clearly the best of the three Telfair sites.

Thank Gkpv
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