Jepson Center for the Arts: ArtZeum
Jepson Center for the Arts: ArtZeum
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207 W York St
Savannah, GA 31401
Jepson Center for the Arts: ArtZeum Description
The Jepson Center is an airy, spacious, utterly cool contemporary art museum. Even better, inside the museum are two floors devoted wholly to kids but so interesting and unique that you're apt to find people of all ages checking out the interactive displays in the ArtZeum. All of the exhibits -- from the weird plasma screens that multiply your family's image hundreds of times to the writing on the wall with black paint markers -- teach children about some aspect of art. This should be one of your first stops.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Toddlers will love all the exhibits in the ArtZeum, especially trying on hats (so you can look like a Doric column), the plasma machines, and the paint-on-the-wall area. Also popular is a huge metal magnet board with cool stuff (like paint brushes and muffin tins) to arrange into folk art.
School-Age Kids: Interactive art sleuthing on the computer and a set of really cool column-shaped blocks will intrigue school-aged kids for hours. Have them look for the portrait that inspired the image of George Washington on the $1 bill. Don't miss the rest of the collection of contemporary art.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids (and their parents) will enjoy the ArtZeum as well. The art board game and the art-sleuthing computer games are popular with every age group.
- Bring a sweater. It's hot in Savannah but many indoor venues, including this museum, are over air-conditioned.
- Go on Thursday if you have a toddler. Special toddler art programs run on Thursdays for children ages 2-5 (with parental participation) where they do an art project and have story time based on one of the exhibits (picture-frame making to celebrate the photography exhibit, for example). The museum is also starting family programming on the weekend, with free admission and performances. Call for more information.
- No food allowed. It's strictly food-free in the museum, but there's a nice, bright café with gorgeous picture windows and a nice kids' menu if anyone's having a blood sugar meltdown.
- Part of a triumvirate. There are three museums in the same complex: the Jepson Center, the Telfair Art Museum, and the Owens-Thomas House (which is a bit too stodgy for kids). If you're with older kids or sight-seeing types, consider buying a combo ticket to get into all three.
- Bring your AAA card. Members get a discount.
Just the Facts
Hours: Sun. noon-5 p.m.; Mon., Wed., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Hours subject to change. Call the information line to confirm: (912) 790-8800.
Fees: $20 (for all three museums)
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
Reviews of Jepson Center for the Arts: ArtZeum
By mjreuben April 19, 2010
What we loved:
Projection art, magnetic art
What we didn't love:
We went based on the reviews, but what a disappointment. Beyond the expense of visiting the museum for the family, the deion is WAY off. br/br/The "two floors" are more like two "quarter" floors, and the museum itself is small. So dont expect to spend 1-2 hours here if you have a toddler our daughter was about 3.5 years old when we visited. Had we actually been able to spend more than an hour here, the price would have been fine.br/br/There are two cool items -- one is where you stand on a spot and your image is digitized and "painted" on the wall in front of you. The other is a large magentic wall where you can use the pots and pans and other items on it to make art I thought this would be a great idea for a kids room if you had the space for it. Many of the items were too advanced for toddlers to truly appreciate. Skip it. Read More