Telfair Museum of Art
(above: Telfair Museum of Art, May, 2011. Photo © John Hazeltine)
About the Telfair Museum of Art
The Telfair Museum of Art offers to visitors three unique buildings and three distinct collections, bridging three centuries of art and architecture.
The Telfair Museum of Art, founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent Savannah philanthropist Mary Telfair, is the oldest public art museum in the South. Located in the heart of the city's vibrant historic district, it is comprised of three architecturally significant buildings: the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House -- two National Historic Landmark buildings, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.
The Telfair Academy, designed in the Regency style by English architectural prodigy William Jay, houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art. Also designed by William Jay, the Owens-Thomas House is a historic house museum featuring decorative art ranging in date from the late 18th to the early 19th century and rare intact urban slave quarters. Rounding out the Telfair's trio of landmark buildings, the Jepson Center, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, is devoted to the art of today.
Please click here to view images of commemorative plaques near front entry of Telfair Museum of Art.
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