Telfair Academy, Telfair Museums

121 Barnard St., Savannah, GA 31401


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Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy (1819) houses 19th and 20th century American and European art. A Sculpture Gallery and the Rotunda were added in 1886.

Telfair Academy contains two 19th-century period rooms and houses art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with paintings by Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks.

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the Southeast, Since the 1880s, the museum has grown from a renovated family mansion into a distinguished cultural institution located in three architecturally-significant buildings. The permanent collection includes approximately 4,000 works of art from America and Europe, dating primarily from the 18th-21st centuries. 

Located in Savannah’s vibrant historic district, the museum consists of the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House (see separate listing), two circa 1820 National Historic Landmark buildings, and the contemporary Jepson Center (see separate listing).

(NARM privileges do not extend other institutions within a 15-mile radius and may be restricted for concerts/lectures/special exhibitions and ticketed events.)

Read our review of the Telfair Academy in our blog, Art Things Considered, here.

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