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Telfair Museums’ collection was formally founded with the bequest of Mary Telfair in 1875. The scope of the Telfair’s collection today primarily encompasses American and European art from the 19th century to the present, in a broad range of media. There are currently over 7,000 works of art in the collection, divided roughly equally between fine and decorative arts. The museum’s three architecturally-significant buildings are also considered part of its permanent collection.