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Suggested Itineraries

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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

 

10am

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.

11am

Following your tour, stop by the Museum Store for a wide array of books on the history of the Savannah and the Owens-Thomas House.

Noon

Walk 3 squares west to the Telfair Academy and join the free noon “Mansion to Museum” tour.

1pm

Getting hungry? Take a break and grab lunch at one of Savannah’s many great restaurants.

2pm

Enjoy the Jepson Center’s featured exhibitions. The building is just over 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 on the third floor in the Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art exhibition, in the Levitt and Varnedoe galleries.

3:30pm

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!

 

10am

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.

11am

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.

1pm

Getting hungry? Take a break and grab lunch at one of Savannah’s many great restaurants.

2pm

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.

3pm

Stop in the Jepson Center Museum Store and pick up a children’s art activity book.

3:30pm

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

 

10am

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 Mansion to Museum tour to learn how the oldest public art museum in the South came to be, and how early Telfair directors acquired artwork to build our permanent collection.

11am

After your guided tour, head upstairs at the Telfair Academy to enjoy the current featured exhibition at your own pace.

Noon

Take a break and grab lunch at one of Savannah’s many great restaurants.

1pm

Walk across the street to the Jepson Center, Telfair’s Moshe Safdie-designed home for major exhibitions. Explore our exhibitions, including a world-class featured exhibition, #art912 local artist exhibition, Glass House installation, and interactive TechSpace.

2pm

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. After, 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.

3pm

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 20 minutes.