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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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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. The Jepson Center, built by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie can accommodate very large groups in its soaring, three-story atrium, expansive galleries and third-floor outdoor sculpture gallery. Located just one building away from the Telfair Academy, the Jepson also features a sweeping central staircase ideally suited for the grandest of grand entrances.
Great little museum with a three for one ticket. We did the history of architecture tour with a museum docent. The museum showcases some rooms of the home as well as a gallery. Worth a visit.
Visited this site, enjoyed the rotunda exhibit and docent tour. Changing exhibit upstairs featured many artists from our home area, which added a certain element of interest. Admission a bit...
Beautiful former home of the Telfair family with large addition and fine paintings from the 19 th century collected by Mary Telfair and bequeathed to Savannah. Also visit the new Jepson center. It is...