Telfair Museums

121 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31410 Map · Phone number
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About Telfair Museums

Telfair Museums is comprised of two national Historic Landmark buildings – the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Owens-Thomas House – and the newest architectural landmark in Savannah, the 64,000 sq. ft. Jepson Center for the Arts (opened in March 2006). Each of these historic properties offers diverse, intriguing special events facilities that are ideal for your special event, including weddings, receptions, an Executive Committee dinner, Board retreat or cocktail reception.


A distinctive state-of-the-art museum building designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the Jepson Center for the Arts can accommodate very large groups in its soaring, three-story atrium, expansive galleries, and third-floor outdoor sculpture terraces. Located on Telfair Square just one building away from the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center also features a three-story central staircase ideally suited for the grandest of grand entrances, a 224-seat auditorium for presentations and small performances, a fully equipped boardroom and museum store.

The Telfair Academy, located on Telfair Square in the heart of the city’s famous historic district, has been Savannah’s wedding reception location of choice for decades. Tracing its history to 1883, the Telfair is the oldest public art museum in the South. Designed by English architect William Jay and completed c. 1819, the Telfair Academy is a National Historic Landmark building. This elegant building provides every event held there with a backdrop of world-class art and historic architecture. With its romantic, three-story Rotunda, classically beautiful Sculpture Gallery, remarkable period rooms,and intimate galleries featuring works from temporary traveling shows and from the museum’s own permanent collection, the Telfair Academy will make any size event truly memorable.

Also a National Historic Landmark building designed by William Jay, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Garden is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the United States. It is an elegant mansion and house museum featuring a carriage house and an inviting parterre garden that is ideally suited for late afternoon and evening events alfresco. Located on Oglethorpe Square in the historic district, the east façade of the Owens-Thomas House has a handsome porch overlooking the garden from which musicians can entertain guests. The garden fountain is a perfect spot for photographs and there is ample room for bar and food service tables. The lovely parterre garden of the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House is a wonderful location for outdoor cocktail parties for up to 100 guests, or even a small wedding ceremony.

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Just a few steps under the Rotunda is the Academy's Sculpture Gallery. Perfect for ceremony or...
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Whether filled with large round tables or high-top cocktail tables, the Rotunda is the perfect spot...
The Rotunda can seat nearly 200 people for a sit down dinner.
The Rotunda can seat nearly 200 people for a sit down dinner.
The Sculpture Gallery is a great space to kick-off the reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
The Sculpture Gallery is a great space to kick-off the reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
The Jepson Center for the Arts overlooks Telfair Square and features a soaring atrium, grand...
The Jepson Center for the Arts overlooks Telfair Square and features a soaring atrium, grand...
Ceremonies in the Jepson atrium are typically followed by cocktails on our terrace.
Ceremonies in the Jepson atrium are typically followed by cocktails on our terrace.
The Jepson Center can host receptions of nearly 200 people with a dance floor and plenty of seating.
The Jepson Center can host receptions of nearly 200 people with a dance floor and plenty of seating.
The gorgeous white marble of the Jepson Center make a perfect palate for any wedding colors.
The gorgeous white marble of the Jepson Center make a perfect palate for any wedding colors.
Gobo lights and uplighting dress up any event in the Atrium.
Gobo lights and uplighting dress up any event in the Atrium.
The Owens Thomas House offers a lush backdrop for your intimate garden vows.
The Owens Thomas House offers a lush backdrop for your intimate garden vows.
Owens Thomas House ceremonies can take place next to the fountain or on our back porch.
Owens Thomas House ceremonies can take place next to the fountain or on our back porch.
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Recommended by 87% of couples


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  • Quality of service 4.4
  • Professionalism 4.5
  • Flexibility 4.1
  • Value 4.3
  • Average response time 4.4
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    Valerie · Married on 03/21/2015

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    We held our wedding reception at the Jepson Center for the Arts on March 21, 2015. Every step in the process, from the initial meeting and walk through to the execution of the event, was handled with professionalism. The booking process is straight-forward, with no hidden fees or charges, and we were even able to use some of the furniture in the museum (benches, high boys, etc.) during our cocktail hour, which cut down on rentals. The Jepson maintains a list of recommended vendors, and Allison Hamilton, manager of special events, made very helpful recommendations. She was prompt and courteous in responding to questions. Because it is a museum, there are some restrictions (i.e. no open flames), but they are manageable. The museum is a spectacular venue for special events. We enjoyed it, and our guests did as well. I would recommend it to other brides and event planners.

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    Molly · Married on 10/26/2013

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    We definitely splurged for our reception sight, but I have no regrets. The Jepson Center for the Arts is modern, elegant and has breathtaking views of the square. While eating dinner, hearing speeches, and dancing we were able to overlook the trees and the beauty of Savannah in the fall. Absolutely beautiful!

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    Melynda · Married on 05/05/2013

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    We had our reception at the Jepson Center for the Arts, the newest museum of the Telfair Museums. The Jepson is a beautiful all white space with a 3 story wide staircase and huge windows. Jessica and Christina were so helpful throughout the planning process. We saved money on rentals by using the tables at the Jepson and renting chairs. I would highly recommend this venue for a reception for under 150 people, especially if you want some elegant and modern.

    Sent on 05/30/2013

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Telfair Museums FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Art Gallery, Ballroom, Garden, Historic Building, Mansion, Museum
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Outside Vendors, Wifi

Professional Network & Endorsements

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  • Forsyth Park Inn
    Forsyth Park Inn Hotel Weddings

    For larger wedding receptions or just something for your guests to do while in town, Telfair Museums is home to wonderful artwork, amazing exhibits and the famous Bird Girl!

  • JLKevents
    JLKevents Wedding DJs

    Incredible Venue!! Breath-taking, historical area that your guests will never forget!

  • RevSchulte
    RevSchulte Wedding Officiants

    The Telfair Academy, Jepson Center, and the Owens-Thomas House are great venues for ceremonies. I've had numerous weddings at each location and would highly recommend those locations. Not only are the locations outstanding, the staff are fantastic and very professional!

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  • 121 Barnard Street Savannah, GA, 31410 See on map
    9127908864 (Phone number)

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