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Explore the Oldest Public Art Museum in the South

Explore the Oldest Public Art Museum in the South

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the south.

It dates back to 1883 when it was established through the bequest of Mary Telfair, a philanthropist, who left her home and belongings to the Georgia Historical Society.

The Telfair Museums now feature three buildings, all of which display impressive works of art:

Telfair Academy

The Telfair Academy was once the home of Alexander Telfair, the son of Georgia governor Edward Telfair. Constructed between 1818 and 1819 in the neoclassical Regency style, it was designed by famed British architect William Jay.

It contains nineteenth and twentieth-century American and European art including paintings and sculptures, and visitors can enjoy free tours daily. The docent will share the fascinating story of how the mansion was transformed into an art museum.

Jepson Center

The Jepson Center is known for linking Telfair's future with the past. Designed by Moshe Safdie, it opened to the public in 2006 and contains 7,500 square feet of exhibition space.

One of the highlights is the collection that was created in honor of the late Savannah native Kirk Varnedoe. It features works by some of the most pivotal artists of the last fifty years, including Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Richard Avedon.

Owens-Thomas House

The Owens-Thomas House is one of best examples of English Regency architecture in the country. Originally owned by Richard Richardson, a wealthy cotton merchant and banker, it has been situated on Oglethorpe Square since 1819.

At one time, the home was considered one of the fanciest residents in the city, and its most famous guest was Revolutionary War hero Marquis Lafayette. As visitors explore the property, they'll also see antiques that date back to the 1700s and works of art from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

If you would like to call our apartments in Savannah, Georgia home, please contact us to schedule a tour.

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