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Telfair Academy: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401-3612
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Reviewed 5 days ago

By all means, if interested in history, the history of Savannah, and the incredible contributions of the Telfair family to Savannah, this is a "must see." Take the docent tour of the history of the family and the original mansion, then enjoy the art in...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for sharing. We agree that the tours ( optional and free with admission) provide a great historical context for our guests. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of the tour package to see Owens house, and interesting to see someone in early history wanting to share art and home set up to do so.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank William O
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several American impressionist artist works on display in the lower level. Reading the bio's born in the late 1800's, studied in Paris then returned to the USA settling in the northeast. One room is dedicated to the Bonaventura Cemetery including the stature of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building was a beautiful piece of architecture with very little art inside. Multiple floors for you to see and a rotunda as well. There was an elevator for easy access to each level. The statues were all castings, to my disappointment, but the bird...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not really anything special; the usual European, classics. This was part of a Groupon purchase that included the Owens Thomas House & Jedson Museum.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 15 September 2019

It's a beautiful piece of architecture gifted by Mary Telfair to the city upon her death. I was surprised by how little actual art it has but some of the pieces are breathtaking.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2019

The city is so historic and this building was a beauty. Worth a stop by.Get there early, they stop tours at 4:30More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2019

The last tour at the Telfair Academy is at 4 pm, which is optional. The final tour at the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, depending on availability, is 4:20 pm and tours are not optional. Both sites, along with the Jepson Center, are included in...More

Reviewed 3 August 2019

We were surprised to enter such a large building and find so little art. The history of how the Telfair Family began collecting and sharing art was interesting, but the exhibits didn't take long to explore.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 August 2019

Part of a 3 museum package, this is a must for anyone interested in beautiful art and the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Its not a big museum, but it is pretty and the Bird Girl statue is here from the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2019

Thanks Julie, we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 25 July 2019

We have visited Telfair before, but enjoy a leisurely visit through this old mansion/museum. The exhibit "200 hundred years William Jay Architecture" explains, briefly, so much about early Savannah 1790's thru 1820's.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Mary T, Manager at Telfair Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2019

Thanks Linda, we are glad you enjoyed the exhibition.

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Response from Robert_B45 | Reviewed this property |
According to the NARM website, they are a participating member.
19 March 2018|
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Response from GregF910 | Reviewed this property |
Like many historical places in Savannah, they have tried to accommodate, but I would not attempt a wheelchair at the Owens Thomas house. The two museums, however, are fully accessible with elevators.