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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Valerie · Married on 03/21/2015
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.Sent on 04/24/2015
Molly · Married on 10/26/2013
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!Sent on 11/07/2013
Melynda · Married on 05/05/2013
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
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!
Incredible Venue!! Breath-taking, historical area that your guests will never forget!
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!