The Arts & Entertainment itinerary explores the hallowed streets and squares of Savannah where you can discover rich Southern culture and history. Learn why Savannah is one of Hollywood’s favorite backdrops, with a tour of various movie set locations found throughout the city. This tour is for the serious Arts & Entertainment connoisseur. You will see one of a kind masterpieces and beautiful gardens while at the Telfair Museums. Then reminisce about some of your favorite movie scenes as you see them up close.
Start at the Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie, opened to the public in 2006, which features over 7,500 square feet of gallery space for major traveling exhibitions of contemporary art and installations of works from the permanent collection. The Jepson Center for the Arts is home to ArtZeum—a unique, 3,500-square foot interactive gallery for children and families.
Designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the neoclassical Regency style, the Telfair Academy is a former mansion built from 1818-1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War patriot and Georgia governor Edward Telfair.
The Telfair Academy contains two nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. www.telfair.org
A National Historic Landmark, the Owens-Thomas House, the stately former residence is now a historic house museum located and operated by Telfair. It boasts a decorative arts collection comprised primarily of Owens family furnishings, along with American and European objects dating from 1750-1830. The site also includes a beautiful English-inspired parterre garden and an original carriage house—which contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South. www.telfair.org
Ready? Action! Experience the most exciting and entertaining 90-minute tour in the South! At Savannah Movie Tours, you'll see over 68 movie locations up close on our climate-controlled luxury coach. View movie clips on LCD screens while passing the same locations right outside your window! Over 85 movies have been shot in the city, and there are over 110 movie locations in the historic district. You'll see where Forrest Gump sat on the park bench, the Mercer House, Leopold's Ice Cream, and learn why 10 Academy Awards have gone to movies shot in Savannah. A true Hollywood experience! : www.savannahmovietours.net
Insider’s Tip: To sample local artwork and cuisine visit the Savannah City Market on West Bryan Street.