Mary Telfair Legacy Society


We invite you to join the Mary Telfair Legacy Society by making a planned gift to the museum. This could be as simple as writing a bequest into your will, donating a piece of artwork, or leaving the museum a percentage of your estate.

The Mary Telfair Legacy Society is your chance to follow in historic footsteps, offering a lasting contribution to help Telfair Museums make Savannah a better place for everyone.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy at Telfair. You simply need to ask yourself a few questions. Do you love this museum? Do you believe in the value of art or in the importance of preserving history? Can you imagine Savannah without Telfair Museums?

Make the difference you’ve always dreamed of making.



As a final gesture to her lifelong passion for art and education, Mary Telfair bequeathed her mansion, her fortune, and her art collection to the Georgia Historical Society for the purpose of creating an “Academy of Arts and Sciences” in Savannah. Her one stipulation was that it be open to the public, giving fellow Savannahians and visitors a place to share, enjoy, and experience cultural enrichment for years to come. This single, amazing charitable act gave birth to the historic institution now known as Telfair Museums.

Thanks to this gift by Mary Telfair, her good deed became a national treasure, creating the first public art museum in the South and an institution that continues to provide award-winning exhibitions, community outreach, and education for all.




Making a memorable impact on the future of Savannah and the arts is easier than you might think. Here are a few easy steps to begin the process:

LegacyStep One
Contact Molly Taylor in our Development office at 912.790.8865 or at for more information. Your conversation will be held in the strictest confidence.

Step Two
Consult your attorney or financial advisor to discuss planned giving strategies that best suit your needs and offer you the greatest benefits.

Step Three
Put your plan into action. You will have a great feeling knowing that you have committed to the future of Telfair Museums. Your gift will strengthen one of Savannah’s most important institutions—a special place that
spurs imaginations, develops creative spirits, and inspires futures.

Some other benefits of joining include:

  • Recognition on our Donor Wall in perpetuity
  • Recognition in Telfair’s Annual Report and other museum publications
  • Special receptions held exclusively for Legacy Society members