Telfair Museums offers docent-guided group tours for all ages, pre-K through college. Students will be encouraged to look closely, think creatively, develop personal interpretations, and share in group discussion. All tours meet Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Choose from our exhibition tours or permanent collection tours or our Education team will work with you to create a tour that meets your learning objectives. Optional studio activities can be incorporated into your visit.
Permanent Collection Tours
These permanent collection tours are updated frequently based on what is currently on view in our museums. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, our Education team will work with you to create a tour that meets your needs or learning objectives.
Discovering Art Through the Senses: Look, Touch, Hear
Telfair Academy or Jepson Center
(Grades PreK–3; VA)
Go beyond looking in this tour. Multisensory activities and props will engage students to better understand art. Guides will introduce elements and principles of art in a variety of ways so that each student is able to have a meaningful museum experience. This tour can be specialized for students with disabilities.
NEW: Full STEAM Ahead!
(Grades 3–8; VA, M, S, ELA)
Explore how art interacts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Jepson Center. Using works from the permanent collection, TechSpace, and the architecture of the building, the tour includes content ranging from geology and physical science to geometry.
Looking and Thinking Through Art: Creative Responses
Telfair Academy or Jepson Center
(Grades 4–12; VA, ELA)
Docents will lead discussion-based tours of the museums’ permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center. Allow your students to explore art and practice collaborative problem solving with observation and verbal skills. This tour includes guided discussion using VTS and other techniques. Tours can be customized to include observational writing or sketching activities.
Exploring History at the Owens–Thomas House & Slave Quarters
Owens–Thomas House & Slave Quarters
(Grades 4–12; VA, SS)
Learn about the social history of 19th-century Savannah and view the only intact urban slave quarters in the city. Tours must be booked at least two weeks prior to the visit and paid for in advance. Groups are led through the museum by a professional historical interpreter. Tours run every 20 minutes and last between 45 minutes to one hour. Each 20-minute tour slot can accommodate up to 16 visitors. Please be aware that larger groups will require multiple timed tour slots and reservations are subject to availability.
Explore art in the Jepson Center’s interactive learning center with 12 hands-on activity stations based on the museum’s art collection, including a recycling garden and playhouse, geometric shape exploration, architectural building blocks, and much more. For older children, this tour may be combined with Telfair’s TechSpace. Students are sure to enjoy this unique museum experience.
TechSpace: Art and Technology
(Grades 4–12; VA, ELA, S)
Get hands-on with art, technology, and STEAM at Telfair Museums’ new TechSpace. Explore interactive and digital art from Telfair’s PULSE Festival and permanent collection. TechSpace currently features immersive game installations and an augmented reality station from the exhibition Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out through July 14, 2019.
Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America
(Grades 4–12; VA, ELA, SS)
Discover modern and contemporary artwork in Telfair Museums’ permanent collection and explore the impact of artistic responses to historical events since World War II. This exhibit highlights how artists are challenged to explore new ideas and methods, react to events of the day, and construct narratives. Docents will facilitate group discussion with Visual Thinking Strategies. Tours will make connections to social studies, English language arts, and visual arts.