What began in 1886 as a small museum housed in the home of the Telfair family, today spans several different sites providing a wonderful view of the arts for all to share. And the Telfair’s newest addition, The Jepson Center for the Arts is one of today’s most modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The Telfair Museum of Art includes the original building, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center for the Arts. The Academy building and the Owens-Thomas House are National Historic Landmarks.
The Telfair Museum of Art is known for original works of art and architecture and for its diverse exhibitions and educational programs. Its permanent collection of over 4,500 works of art from the United States, Europe, and Asia encompasses historic buildings, fine arts, and decorative arts. The Telfair Academy features a collection of fine arts, two period rooms, and traveling exhibition galleries. At the Owens-Thomas house, visitors can view the Telfair’s decorative arts collection. And the Telfair’s newest addition, The Jepson Center for the Arts is one of today’s most modern, state-of-the-art facilities, with expanded gallery spaces and educational resources, art storage facilities, sculpture gardens, an auditorium, café and museum store. Guests who come to the Telfair enjoy spending time strolling through each diverse site of the Museum, and a look into the many facets of the arts.