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Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401

Located in Historic Landmark District

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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. It is also home to the Bird Girl statue made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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The Telfair Academy, located on Telfair Square in the heart of the city’s famous historic district, has been Savannah’s wedding reception location of choice for decades. Tracing its history to 1883, the Telfair is the oldest public art museum in the South. Designed by English architect William Jay and completed c. 1820, the Telfair Academy is a National Historic Landmark building. This elegant building provides every event held there with a backdrop of world-class art and historic architecture. With its romantic, three-story Rotunda, classically beautiful Sculpture Gallery, remarkable period rooms, and intimate galleries featuring works from temporary traveling shows and from the museum’s own permanent collection, the Telfair Academy will make any size event truly memorable. The two largest rooms in the Telfair Academy are the Rotunda and the Sculpture Gallery. The Rotunda can accommodate as many as 100 for a sit-down dinner and 150 for a cocktail reception. The Sculpture Gallery can accommodate up to 100 for a sit-down dinner and 150 for cocktails.The facility provides ample room for musicians and dancing.

Weddings

Old meets new and past, present and future intersect at Telfair Museums, making it the perfect venue to say I do. Whether you prefer a National Historic Landmark steeped in history or a modern, state-of-the-art building, you’re sure to find the perfect venue for your special day at one of our sites. The Telfair Academy has been Savannah’s wedding reception location of choice for decades. Designed by English architect William Jay and completed c.1820, this elegant building provides every event held there with a backdrop of world-class art and historic architecture. With its romantic, three-story Rotunda, classically beautiful Sculpture Gallery, remarkable period rooms, and intimate galleries featuring works from temporary traveling shows and from the museum’s own permanent collection, the Telfair Academy will make any size event truly memorable.

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Meeting Rooms: 2
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490lauraw | Dec 15, 2020
“After Hours Tour with Old Savannah Tours”

We enjoyed an after dark visit to Telfair Academy as part of a Trolley Ghost tour. Loved being in the museum without crowds. Art was incredible.

fallgirl63 | Dec 12, 2020
“Loved our visit.”

A wealth of information. Very interesting and so much history. It’s amazing how people lived back then. Beautiful pieces and amazing artwork. Really enjoyed ourselves.

Jessica R | Dec 8, 2020
“Included in ticket with Owens-Thomas house”

Worth a visit if you're also going to the Owens-Thomas House. Also enjoyed the current exhibit on the Bird Girl statue at Bonaventure Cemetery (now in this museum).