Telfair Academy#12 in Best Things To Do in Savannah
The Telfair Academy, along with the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center for the Arts comprise the oldest public art museum in the South. If you're a fan of artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries (or if you just need a break from the Georgia heat), you'll want to spend a few hours perusing this mansion-turned-museum. Housing more than 4,500 works of art, including paintings from the Impressionist period, plaster casts of such renowned works as the Venus de Milo and period furniture left over from the Telfair family themselves, this marble-clad museum shelters a diverse array of pieces. But according to recent visitors, it's Sylvia Shaw Judson's famous "Bird Girl" statue, which appears on the cover of John Berendt's bestselling book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," that's the real highlight of the museum.
Most recent visitors were charmed by the Telfair Academy, with many citing it as a "must-see" while in Savannah. Reviewers were a bit divided on its small size – some appreciated how easy it was to see the whole museum in a few hours, while others lamented that the admission price seemed a bit steep for the museum's relatively limited scope of American and European art.
The Telfair Museum of Art is located on the northwestern outskirts of the Historic District. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday and Monday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students, ages 13 through 30. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free. Keep in mind that admission to one site includes a visit to each of the other Telfair sites, including the Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House. Your entrance fee also covers access to an audio tour detailing the structure's architectural highlights, as well as a guided tour of how the mansion was turned into a museum. All buses, except routes Nos. 6, 12 and 20, service the museum. For more information, visit the Telfair Academy website.
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#1 Forsyth Park
Go to this 30-acre park in the heart of Savannah's Historic District to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Keep your camera ready, though, as there is plenty to see here as well. Stroll past the stunning white-stone Forsyth Fountain, memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War, the Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired and the 300-year-old Candler Oak tree. From the park, you can see several historic sites within walking distance, including Hodgson Hall (home to the Georgia Historical Society) and the old Poor House and Hospital, which was used to treat wounded soldiers during the Civil War.
Recent visitors noted the park's urban cosmopolitan vibe, with locals and tourists alike picnicking, dog walking and even painting. They also say that street parking nearby the park is free on Sundays.
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