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The Telfair Museums, Their History and Current Exhibitions

Whether you are visiting Savannah for the first time or are a returning vacationer, the Telfair Museums are not to be missed. The oldest public art museum in the Southeast, the Telfair Museums have been a Savannah staple since the 1880s.

Beginning a as a beautifully restored Savannah mansion, today the museums stand as some of the most impressive and architecturally-stunning buildings in Savannah. The main museum boasts more than 4,000 pieces of art from across America and Europe – an extensive collection, to say the least. In addition to the permanent works of art at the museum, there are numerous exciting rotating exhibitions that are equally as impressive and educational.

Regardless of the time of year you are visiting Savannah, you are sure to find something fascinating at the Telfair Museums. As fixtures in the community, the museums are committed to bringing in interesting exhibitions highlighting various cultures and time periods from across the globe.

The Telfair Museums are located in Savannah’s Historic District, within walking distance from all the Luxury Living Properties mansions. The museums consist of the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center.

Below you will find information on this year’s current exhibitions, allowing you to plan your Savannah vacation accordingly!

A List of the 2014-15 Exhibitions at the Telfair Museums 

The following information is broken down by museum and lists the current offerings, as well as the dates they will be available.

Jepson Center Exhibitions

  • Whitfield Lovell: Deep River (August 15, 2014 – February 1, 2015)

This multi-media exhibition goes over the life and works of renowned artist Whitfield Lovell, paying tribute to African-Americans and the continual well-known for his signature tableaux and thought-provoking portraits as a tribute to African-Americans. The exhibition uses sculpture, video, music, sound and drawing to engage the senses and enthrall visitors.

Telfair Academy Exhibitions

  • Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection (July 25, 2014 – February 15, 2015)

This is an incredible exhibition that explores the impressive influence of the Romantic Movement’s core concepts as it happened in the American South. You will be met with dozens of decorative and fine art objects in this study of thirty-two artists darwn from the Johnson Collection, originally founded by George Dean Johnson, Jr. and Susan Phifer Johnson of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • Mansion to Museum (Ongoing)

This exhibition focuses on the rich story of the transformation of the original Telfair Academy site in a mansion to its position today as an “Academy of Arts and Sciences”. This collection looks into the lives of Mary Telfair and the Telfair family, as well as the founding museum director, the enslaved family that lived with them and the architects.

All Telfair Museums offer wonderful, thought-provoking exhibitions, both permanent and rotating. If you would like more information on the museums, please visit their official website.

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