To schedule a tour, call 912.790.8827.
|Permanent Collection Tours
Telfair Museums offers docent-guided group tours for all ages, at all three museum sites-the Telfair Academy, Jepson Center for the Arts, and the Owens-Thomas House. Public, private, and home school groups enjoy the same tour opportunities. All tours meet either Georgia curriculum standards for Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, or Art. Tour program cost is $5 per student unless otherwise indicated. Teachers are admitted free. One chaperone is admitted free per group of ten students. For each additional chaperone, the adult group tour rate of $15 will apply.
|Nature in Art (K-3)
Young students will explore science and nature in art by observing works in the Telfair’s permanent collection. Through storytelling and interactive gallery activities, students will investigate the movement of water as seen in seascapes and the life cycles of plants and animals portrayed in landscapes. For an additional fee, a hands-on studio activity is available for this program.
|Art Start: Color, Texture, & Shape (K-3)
The Telfair’s first youth program introduces 5-8 year-olds to color, texture, and shape through texture grab bags, color gels, and multisensory activities related to selected artworks in the museum’s collection and changing exhibitions. Take advantage of this tour at the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center, or both! Art curriculum connections
|Greek Gods, Myths, and Government (Grades 3-7)
Discover ancient Greek art and culture through sculpture and architectural elements at the Telfair! From gods and goddesses to an 1880s plaster cast of the Parthenon frieze, the tour will transport students back in time-teaching them about the mysteries of mythology through a storytelling activity. Learn how ancient Greek art and society impacted American art and history in this tour of the historic Telfair Academy and its restored Sculpture Gallery. GPS Social Studies connections for 3rd and 6th grades
|Girl Scout Tours: Women in Art (Junior)/ Exploring Architecture (Cadet, Senior)
This docent-led tour will introduce students to women as the subjects of art and as artists themselves. With an optional printmaking studio activity, the Women in Art Tour also provides Scouts with the opportunity to work toward their visual arts badge. The tour is available with or without the studio activity. Older scouts will enjoy Telfair’s new architecture program. Design your own museum space by learning about the Telfair’s architectural history, styles and architects from different eras. Following the tour, students may create architectural plans and drawings for a personalized museum gallery. Cadet and Senior Girl Scouts complete work towards an interest project in Architecture and Environmental Design.
Tour only: Adults, $15; Scouts/Students, $5
Tour and studio activity: Adults, $15; Scouts/Students, $9
|ArtZeum & Technology Gallery (K-12)
Combine a tour at the Jepson Center with a visit to the ArtZeum, the Telfair’s interactive learning center. Explore “Big Ideas About Art” through twenty-two different activities which include a drawing wall; magnet wall; building block centers; computer stations where you can learn more about art, architecture, and the artists themselves.Complementing the ArtZeum, the Telfair’s Technology and Art Gallery is a great place for visitors of all ages to explore interactive and new media art. This long-term rotating exhibit introduces viewers to new media works that use various types of video and computer processing.
|Thinking Visually (Grades 4-12)
These discussion-based tours can be organized for the museum’s permanent collection at the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center, as well as for major temporary exhibitions. This guided activity allows students to hone their powers of observation and verbal skills. GPS ELA connections for grades 1-12
|The Owens-Thomas House Museum (Grades 4-12)
Students learn about the history of Savannah, the Regency architecture of William Jay, historic preservation, and the only intact urban slave quarters in the city, which includes crafts from the Acacia Collection of African Americana.