DESCRIPTION: An international resource for arts, culture and history, the museum complex encompasses two National Historic Landmark buildings: Telfair Academy (1819) and Owens-Thomas House (1819), and a new venue, the Jepson Center for the Arts (2006). The two historic venues were designed by William Jay in the Neoclassical Regency style for mansions for Alexander Telfair, the son of Revolutionary War patriot and Georgia governor Edward Telfair; between 1883-1886 the Telfair Academy (formerly called Telfair Art Museum) was renovated for use as a museum and art school by connecting the main building with the carriage house; over time, more area was converted to gallery space, enabling museum curators to conduct a larger variety of shows as Savannah’s premier museum for permanent and traveling art exhibits. The sculpture garden entrance to Telfair Academy is exquisite.
ADMISSION: All three museums Adults $15, AAA, Seniors & Military $14
DAYS & HOURS: Sun 1p-5p, Mon 12p-5p, Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
DESCRIPTION: With architectural details inspired from the Greek revival, Art Deco and Neoclassical periods, the theatre opened in 1921 by Arthur Lucas, who owned more than 40 theaters in the South. The Lucas Theatre closed in 1976 after a deserted screening of The Exorcist movie. In 1986, it was slated for demolition by new owners who wanted the land for a parking garage. Enraged citizens ralllied a massive fundraiser. With donors such as Kevin Spacey, Clint Eastwood and the cast and crew of Forrest Gump, the complete restoration spanned nearly 13 years and $12 million. In 2000, The Lucas Theatre formed a financial partnership with Savannah College of Art and Design to secure its future as a cultural asset in the community. Today the 1,174-seat, 3 tier balcony venue is the Savannah home for Broadway productions, regional plays, concerts and public discussions.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 8:30a-5:30p at at 216 East Broughton Street or SCAD
ADDRESS: 32 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA MAP
PARKING: Two city parking garages are located within one block of the theatre; they are free after 6p and on weekends
Savannah College of Art and Design
DESCRIPTION: When people talk about he New South, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) has to be in the conversation. More than an art school, they have renovated nearly 70 facilities the city’s National Historic Landmark districts, garnering awards for adaptive reuse from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Institute of Architects, among others. Here some things to see while visiting: Evans Center for African-American Studies, Newton Center for British and American Studies, Ex Libris Bookstore, Gryphon Tea Room, Mondanaro Theater, Pei Ling Chan Garden for the Arts and SCAD Museum of Art.
ADMISSION: Free, but some special events charge a fee
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 342 Bull Street, Savannah, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
SCAD Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: SCAD Museum of Art features 4,500 objects for one of the strongest assemblages of art in the Southeast, complimented with a calendar of classes, events, and exhibitions. It also provides cross-cultural studies of the periods from the 16th century to the present day as they relate to Britain, America, and African-American art; in 2010, the museum broke ground on a major expansion to support the Evans Center for African American Studies, named for Savannah native and renowned art collector Dr. Walter O. Evans; the Evans collection spans African-American art from 19th century landscape paintings of the Hudson River School to the Harlem Renaissance, and later 20th century works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden among others.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p, Sun 1a-5p
ADDRESS: 27 Martin Luther King Blvd, Savannah, GA MAP