300 W. Bay St. , Savannah, GA, US, 31401
- Phone: (912) 236-6321
- Fax: (912) 234-5317
Opened in 1886, after wealthy art collector Mary Telfair left her estate and belongings to the Georgia Society, this is the oldest art museum in Southern territory. Made up of three buildings, with very different, but equally fascinating architecture, the art and cultural artifacts inside are not the only jewels to see. The Telfair Academy has a neo-classical design and offers a glimpse into 19th century life. The Owens-Thomas House is a national historical landmark given to the museum in 1951. The newest 2006 Jepson Center offers a 64,000-sq. foot space, bringing modernism to the century-old museum. From art classes, to rotating and permanent collections, this museum offers visitors a chance to transport themselves in time. Visit the museum store on the way out, or even rent out space for a private party.
With a seating capacity of over 2,500 spectators, this theater hosts a variety of entertainment events. It is home to the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and hosts numerous Broadway musicals, concerts, ballets, and comedy shows. It has an excellent surround-sound system that makes every performance a memorable event.
The Savannah Civic Center consists of two venues, where there's much action and fun to catch up with. 'The Martin Luther King Arena', is a huge arena with a capacity of 3,500 people. 'Johnny Mercer Theatre, is a smaller one with 2,524 seats and the proscenium in this theater is the largest. Besides there are the various promenades and the Grand Ballroom, suitable for parties, weddings, receptions, meetings etc. Broadway Concerts, Ballets, Ringling Brothers Circus, Walt Disney on Ice are few of the many popular events held here. Check out the website for upcoming events at the Savannah Civic Center.
Located within the Savannah Civic Center, this multi-purpose arena hosts a variety of sports and entertainment shows. It has a seating capacity of 9,600 guests, and plays host to concerts, Ringling Brothers Circus and Disney on Ice Shows. Other exciting events at this venue are wrestling matches, Monster Truck Shows and exhibitions. The venue also doubles up as a corporate event venue at times. Check website for details.
This annual March fundraiser for the Historic Savannah Foundation offers walking tours of six to eight historic homes and gardens in the Historic District. Various luncheons and lectures compliment the main event. The Foundation, founded in 1955, has since saved over 300 historic buildings. Proceeds fund continued preservation and outreach efforts. Reservations for a tour are highly recommended as the event sells out every year. Call or visit the web site for schedule and additional details.
Arthur Lucas, the proud owner of about 20 theaters, started this theater in 1921. He maintained absolutely cordial relationships with Savannah residents by giving away free tickets and gifts for birthdays and anniversaries. It was then, a popular venue for concerts, films and theatrical performances for about 40 years. With the popularization of other media, this theater was neglected and was proposed for demolition. Patrons, artists and localites who had been witness to the grandeur of the Lucas Theater, donated and collected funds and revived the theater in the year 2000. Now in affiliation with the Savannah College of Art and Design, the theater has regained its popularity and charm.
Opened in the late 19th century, Savannah Theater is the oldest and consistently functioning theater in America. With a refurbished outlook and state-of-the-art technical facilities, the theater still manages to maintain its historical charm. With a range of diverse theatrical performances in store, the venue is one of the most happening places in the cultural backdrop of Georgia.
Like the Lucas Theatre, this theater was revived by the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Earlier known as the Weis Theater, run by the Weis family, this theater became a victim of the multiplex culture and lost its popularity. After being acquired by the College, the theater was restored, renamed the Trustees Theater and reopened in 1998. With 1,200 seats, the venue now hosts fashion shows, film screenings and theatrical performances. The theater hosts the Savannah Film Festival held by the College.