The Telfair Museum, famous for the "Bird-Girl" statue from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is also known for being the oldest art museum in the South. It is located at the intersection of Barnard Street and York Street in the northwest corner of Telfair Square, which is named after Edward Telfair, a three-time governor of Georgia.
Sylvia Shaw Judson's sublime "Bird-Girl" statue is on permanent loan to the Telfair Museum. It was removed from the Bonaventure Cemetery to maintain some peace for the gravesites that surrounded it; tourists began to trample through the cemetery in search of it after John Berendt's book became a best-seller. The statue of a girl holding two bowls in each hand filled with azaleas is featured on the dust-jacket of the book. It does not play any role in the real-life events that occurred in the book. It was selected for the cover because it looks like the girl is holding the scales of justice, weighing good versus evil in final judgment.
The Telfair contains many interesting and important American paintings. The "American Impressionists", Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, and Gari Melchers, are represented, as are the "Ash Can Realists", such as Robert Henri, George Bellows and George Luks. A beautiful winter landscape by George Bellows called "Snow Capped River" is one of the museum's highlights.
Admission is eight dollars for adults, seven dollars for seniors and AAA, two dollars for students, one dollar for children six to twelve, and free for those under six. Group discounts are available.
The hours for the museum vary from day to day. It is open on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Docent-lead tours are offered every day at 2 p.m.