How to spend your time at Telfair Museums!
There are a variety of different ways to enjoy all three Telfair Museums sites. Here are just a few suggestions. And remember, you don’t have to do everything in one day. Your three-site pass is good for a week! And if that isn’t enough, make sure you listen to our free architectural walking tours from any smartphone or tablet »
For the Historian
Start your day with a tour of Savannah’s most popular historic home, the Owens-Thomas House. Learn the personal stories of the families that lived there, and through them, the broader history of Savannah. It includes one of the only intact urban slave quarters in America. The Owens-Thomas House is architect William Jay’s masterpiece, and the best example of English Regency architecture in America.
Following your tour, stop by the store for a wide array of books on the history of the Savannah and the Owens-Thomas House.
Walk 3 squares west to the Telfair Academy and join the free noon “Mansion to Museum” tour.
Getting hungry? Head over to the Jepson Center’s Jepson Café for lunch! Savannah Coffee Roasters offers a scrumptious selection of salads, sandwiches, quiches and more.
Enjoy the Jepson Center’s featured exhibitions. The building is only ten years old, but it’s already full of history. For fans of literature, the original Bird Girl statue, made famous on the cover of John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is located in the South Atrium.
Bring home a little piece of the museum! The Jepson Center museum Store offers artful keepsakes, gifts, and more, including many fantastic items inspired by our world-class exhibitions.
For the Family
Museum admission is always free for kids 12 and under!
Start your day with a tour of Savannah’s most popular historic home, the Owens-Thomas House. You and your children can hear personal stories of the families that lived there, and through them, the broader history of Savannah, including the role slavery played in its past.
Walk 3 squares to the Jepson Center and spend time in ArtZeum, our interactive children’s museum space. It’s designed with kids in mind but challenges young and old alike to rethink their ideas about art with 24 hands-on activities.
Getting hungry? Head over to the Jepson Center for lunch at the Jepson Café for lunch! Savannah Coffee Roasters offers a scrumptious selection of salads, sandwiches, quiches and yummy deserts your child will love.
Your family can enjoy artmaking projects for all ages in our Drop-In Studio, open daily from 1-4pm. Each month features a special project designed to connect with a specific exhibition at the museum. A studio assistant is always on-hand to answer questions and help you with your masterpiece.
Stop in the Jepson Center museum store and pick up a children’s art activity book.
Maybe it’s time for a break? With our 3-site admission ticket, you can come back and visit the Telfair Academy tomorrow. It’s the oldest public art museum in the South.
For the Artist
Kick off your morning with highlights from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection at Telfair Academy. Featuring nineteenth- and twentieth-century art from America and Europe, Telfair Academy showcases the best of the museum’s 7,000-object permanent collection in two main galleries. Take the free 10am docent-led tour.
Walk across the street to the Jepson Center, Telfair’s Moshe Safdie-designed home for major exhibitions. Join the free 11am Jepson Center guided tour (offered Tuesday-Saturday).
Take a break between galleries for lunch at the Jepson Café.
Unleash your creativity, and drop into our studio for free art activities. Work at your own pace and comfort level through an array of creative mediums such as watercolors, collage, calligraphy, origami, coloring books (for adults, too!), and much more.
Stop by the Jepson Center museum store for art you can take with you! Featuring gifts, art books, prints, and more, the store offers a host of beautiful ways to remember your visit.
Finish off your day by putting art in context. the Owens-Thomas house, just a few-minutes’ walk from the Jepson Center, is the most popular historic home in Savannah. Tours are offered every 15 minutes.