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The Telfair Academy is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first art museum in America founded by a woman. Formerly the Telfair family mansion, the museum opened its doors to the public in 1886. The Telfair Academy presents a celebrated collection of fine art, decorative art, and period rooms, displayed within the stunning architectural setting designed by European architects William Jay and Detlef Lienau.

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  • 2017-04-26

    Rude staff, mediocre artwork

    While the building is most impressive inside and out, the rest of the experience was poor. The cashier who took my admission fee was very short with me (in stark contrast to everyone else in...

  • 2017-04-22


    After much consideration, due to limited time, we included the Academy on our sites to visit. We were very disappointed. While there are several nice works by American artists on display, the...

  • 2017-04-20

    Nice old mansion, limited collections

    You buy your ticket and get access to the Telfair Academy, Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House good for a week. The Telfair academy is an old mansion which is interesting, but has a limited...