Opened in 1886, after wealthy art collector Mary Telfair left her estate and belongings to the Georgia Society, this is the ... More
Opened in 1886, after wealthy art collector Mary Telfair left her estate and belongings to the Georgia Society, this is the oldest art museum in Southern territory. Made up of three buildings, with very different, but equally fascinating architecture, the art and cultural artifacts inside are not the only jewels to see. The Telfair Academy has a neo-classical design and offers a glimpse into 19th century life. The Owens-Thomas House is a national historical landmark given to the museum in 1951. The newest 2006 Jepson Center offers a 64,000-sq. foot space, bringing modernism to the century-old museum. From art classes, to rotating and permanent collections, this museum offers visitors a chance to transport themselves in time. Visit the museum store on the way out, or even rent out space for a private party.
Visited on a day when the wedding planners etc. had taken over. Spent most of the time dodging workers and stepping over and around the decorations and preparations. Spent the rest of the time wondering how the art work on the walls manages to survive. Clearly this is no place to view art (and get charged for it) on wedding day.
If you are not a local of Savannah, GA, The Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences is NOT free on Sunday. Also, it is not $8 for entry as the site says, but $10. The yahoo description of this place is misleading. As it is not free for travelers, why is it even on the yahoo travel site?
The museum is fabulous, however, it is misleading to those who are paying the $9 entry fee to not be told that pictures are not allowed. There was no notice posed that I saw and the main reason that I wanted to go into the museum was to get a photograph of the bird girl.
I always love a good museum. The bird girl statue was awesome. I just wish I could have taken pictures. I wanted to feel the texture of the paint that composed the artwork. I thought the most amusing part was that on the sign outside of the museum...everyone had put their blue stickers all over it that had notated that they had paid for admission...
Plan to spend an hour here. The two restored rooms from the original house are spectacular and the other pieces are pleasant. The "Bird Girl" from Bonaventure Cemetery now lives here. The combination ticket to the Owens-Thomas House and this museum is a real deal at $12.00.
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