The oldest public art museum in the Southeast was designed by William Jay in 1819 for Alexander Telfair. Within its marble rooms are a variety of paintings from American and European masters, plaster casts of the Elgin Marbles and other classical sculptures, and some of the Telfair family furnishings, including a Duncan Phyfe sideboard and Savannah-made silver. It is the permanent home of the notable Bird Girl statue, made famous on the cover of John Berendt's Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Telfair hosts classical music performances during spring's Savannah Music Festival.
121 Barnard St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States
Apr 1, 2009
A small and pretty much forgettable museum located in a renovated old house. Has a couple of restored rooms that are not bad, a modest collection of pretty much second-rate paintings (most by minor American Impressionists), copies of famous Roman copies of Greek statues (Dying Gaul, Laocoon, etc.), plus temporary exhibits. Give this a miss unless you have a good couple days to explore Savannah's attractions.