Originally a family townhouse belonging to the Telfair family, it became a free art museum in 1886. Making the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences one of the first 10 art museums in America, and the oldest public art museum in the South.
Right in front of the academy you will find the statues of Phidias, and Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Raphael. The seven-feet, six-inch-high statues were placed there to enhance the mansion’s elegant façade and to announce to visitors that this was no longer a private home, it is a temple of the arts!
The Telfair Academy holds three nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection.