Telfair Museums, Savannah

Telfair Museums, Savannah (must see)

Opened in 1886 at the bequest of Mary Telfair, the Telfair Museums has the distinction of being the South's first public art museum. It has grown from a renovated family mansion into a distinguished cultural institution boasting three architecturally-significant buildings; a permanent collection of approximately 4,000 works of art from America and Europe, dating primarily from the 18th-21st centuries; and a history of dynamic educational programming, community outreach, and exciting exhibitions.

Among the works exhibited in the museum are Sylvia Judson Shaw's famous 'Bird Girl' sculpture (formerly from Bonaventure Cemetery), the largest public exhibition of the works of Khalil Gibran, the 'Black Prince of Crécy' by Julian Story, and several other paintings by the likes of Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, and other notable visual artists.

Located in Savannah’s vibrant historic district, the museum consists of the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters two circa 1819 National Historic Landmark buildings—and the contemporary Jepson Center, an ultra-modern building that contains late 20th and 21st-century artwork, including paintings, sculpture, and digital installations.

Why You Should Visit:
The artwork from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, the majesty of the homes, the 'Bird Girl', the history (albeit disturbing) of enslaved people (guides are good in telling extras and interesting stories)...

Tip:
Tickets are good for a week and the $20 admission gets you into all three Telfair properties.
If you visit the Academy, wait for a docent to guide you so you'll have a much more informed experience.
The "Zeum" café at the Jepson provides fresh and fairly light fare; a good place to sit and discuss what you've seen.

Opening Hours:
Sun, Mon: 12-5pm; Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm

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Sight Name: Telfair Museums
Sight Location: Savannah, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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