Built in 1819 for the wealthy Telfair family, the Telfair Academy became an art museum in 1886, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the USA. The neoclassical-Regency mansion boasts 19th-century American and European paintings and sculptures; and rooms furnished in period style. Visitors explore independently with their standard admission tickets, which also grant access to the Telfair Museum of Art’s Jepson Center and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.
Buy admission online to save time in Savannah, or join a hop-on hop-off trolley tour and alight at Stop 13 outside the Telfair Academy for a convenient independent visit. The Academy also features on historical Savannah walking and Segway tours; and on combo experiences teaming Historical District sightseeing itineraries with River Savannah cruises. Rumors of hauntings at the Academy also make it a fixture on some ghost tours.