ATLANTA MUSEUMS


 
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High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA/ 1404.733.5000/ www.high.org

The High Museum of Art (colloquially the High), located in Atlanta, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, the city's arts district, the High is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center. In 2010 it had 509,000 visitors, 95th among world art museums. The High Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes more than 15,000 artworks across seven collecting areas: African Art, American Art, decorative arts and design, European art, folk and self-taught art, modern and contemporary art, and photography. More than one-third of the High's collection was acquired after the museum announced its plans for expansion in 1999. Highlights of the collection include works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Dorothea Lange, Clarence John Laughlin, and Chuck Close. Open: Tue - Thu, Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Fri, 10 am - 9 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.

 

 
 

World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA/ 1404.676.5151/ www.worldofcoca-cola.com

The Atlanta History Center (AHC) is a history museum and research center located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia. The Museum was founded in 1926, and currently consists of 6 permanent, and several temporary, exhibitions. The AHC campus is 33-acres and features historic gardens and houses located on the grounds, including Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, and Wood Family Cabin. The AHC's research arm, the Kenan Research Center, includes 3.5 million resources and a reproduction of historian Franklin Garrett's (1906–2000) office. The AHC holds one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States.

 

 
 

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA/ 1404.727.4282/ carlos.emory.edu

Located at the heart of Emory's campus, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is Georgia's premier museum devoted to the art and history of world cultures. Founded in 1919, it is home to the Southeast's most distinguished collection of art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Nubia, the Near East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In addition, a works-on-paper collection spans from the Renaissance to the present. The Carlos Museum offers an array of educational opportunities, including special exhibitions, audio tours, family guides, gallery talks, children's programs and summer camps, interactive technology, films, internships, and much more. Open: Tue - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue, NE , Atlanta, GA 30312, USA/ 1404.331.5190/ www.nps.gov

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site consists of several buildings including Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King Sr., and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the National Historic Site when it was established on October 10, 1980. Open: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm.

 
 
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Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA/ 1404.873.3391/ www.puppet.org

The Center for Puppetry Arts, located in Atlanta, is the United State’s largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center focuses on three areas: performance, education and museum. It is one of the few puppet museums in the world. The Center is located in Midtown, the city's arts district. It was founded in 1978 by Vincent Anthony. Each year the Center for Puppetry Arts presents the Family Series, a collection of adapted classic stories and new works performed in a variety of puppetry styles by the Center company. The Center’s museum and special exhibits present puppets from various time periods and countries around the world. Exhibitions of puppets are considered essential to enhance understanding and appreciation of performances. Open: Tue - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm; Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun; 12 am - 5 pm.

 
 

William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum
1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA/ 1678.222.3700/ www.thebreman.org

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum (the Breman) is a museum in Atlanta dedicated to Jewish history, with special emphasis on Georgia and the Holocaust. The Breman, which opened in 1996, is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast, and it is located at the corner of 18th Street and Spring Street, across the street from the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Midtown. The museum is named for Atlanta businessman William Breman, a philanthropist active in the Jewish community of Atlanta. Open: Sun - Thu, 10 am - 5 pm; Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.

 

 
 
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The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA/ 1404.659.5437/ childrensmuseumatlanta.org

The Children's Museum of Atlanta (from 2003-2011, known as "Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta") is a children's museum located in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 1988 as a "Museum Without Walls" and opened to the public in 2003. The Museum is located Downtown, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park. The 16,316 square foot museum, one of four children's museums in Georgia, includes exhibits designed for and geared toward children under the age of nine and hosts field trips from schools and learning centers throughout north Georgia. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat, Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA/ 1678.999.8990/ www.civilandhumanrights.org

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the museum opened to the public on June 23, 2014. The Center hosts a number of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, that not only tell the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, but how that period is related to more contemporary human rights struggles around the world. During the development phase of the museum, it was determined that the average museum visitor would be more familiar with events in Sudan or the Middle East than they would events in Selma, Alabama and that civil rights history alone would not be enough to sustain the facility. Open: Wed - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm; Mon, Tue, 10 am - 7 pm.

 
 

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA/ 1404.865.7100/ www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family's life. The library also hosts special exhibits, such as Carter's Nobel Peace Prize and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, including a reproduction of the Resolute desk. The Carter Library and Museum includes some parts that are owned and administered by the federal government, and some that are privately owned and operated. The library and museum are run by the National Archives and Records Administration and are part of the Presidential Library system of the federal government. Privately owned areas house Carter's offices and the offices of the Carter Center, a non-profit human rights agency. Open: Mon - Sat, 9 am - 4:45 pm; Sun, 12 am - 4:45 pm.

 
 

Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA/ 1404.979.6455/ www.museumofdesign.org

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is a design museum located at 1315 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. The Museum examines how design affects people's daily lives through exhibitions, K-12 educational outreach, and adult programming. MODA regularly features exhibitions on architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. The museum is located on Peachtree Street, across from the High Museum of Art, in Midtown. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun, 12 am - 6 pm; Thu, 12 am - 8 pm; Sat, 10 am - 6 pm.

 
 

Robert C. Williams Paper Museum
500 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA/ 1404.894.7840/ paper.gatech.edu

The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking is a research institution and public museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of paper and paper technology. Located inside the Paper Tricentennial Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, the museum features the largest collection of paper and paper-related artifacts in the world, including watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. Changing exhibits focus on paper art, and a permanent exhibit details the science and technology used in papermaking. Open: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA/ 1404.658.7625/ www.atlantahistorycenter.com

The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum was a civil war museum located in Atlanta, Georgia, its most noted attraction being the Atlanta Cyclorama, a cylindrical panoramic painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Modern media, such as IMAX, rendered this sort of portrayal obsolete.[3] It is currently closed to the public. The Atlanta History Center is in the process of restoring The Battle of Atlanta painting and relocating it to its Buckhead property. The restoration process began in 2015. The plan is to open the building in 2017 to allow the public to view the ongoing restoration of The Battle of Atlanta painting, with a full opening and dedication following in 2018. Once the painting has been fully restored, Atlanta residents, tourists, and other visitors can see The Battle of Atlanta as it was originally intended to be viewed when it was painted in 1886, a hyperbolic or hourglass shape. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5:30 pm.

 
 

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA/ 1404.367.8700/ mocaga.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is a contemporary art museum located in Atlanta. The museum collects and archives hundreds of contemporary works by Georgia artists. MOCA GA fulfills its mission through an exhibition schedule, increasing its permanent collection, and the Education/Resource Center, which houses the museum’s historical archive collection. The museum’s permanent collection is composed of hundreds of works by Georgia artists. It is among the few contemporary visual arts museum which pays homage to and promotes local artists. To place its artists in a global context, the museum’s exhibitions include artists from around the world in addition to Georgia artists. The museum’s programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active exchange between artists and the community. Open: Tue - Sat, 11 am - 5 pm.

 

 
 

Tellus Science Museum

100 Tellus Dr, Cartersville, Georgia, USA/ 1770.606.5700/ tellusmuseum.org

Tellus is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus features four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope is also located at Tellus. Eye-popping exhibits like an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer excite and amaze visitors of all ages. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments with light, sound, magnets and more. Dazzling gems and minerals sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes. Open: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602, USA/ 1706.542.4662/ georgiamuseum.org

The Georgia Museum of Art shares the mission of the University of Georgia to support and to promote teaching, research, and service. Specifically, as a repository and educational instrument of the visual arts, the museum exists to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art. The museum strives, most of all, to fulfill the legacy of its founder, Alfred Heber Holbrook, and provide art for everyone, removing barriers to accessibility and seeking to foster an open, educational and inspiring environment for students, scholars and the general public. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri -Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 9 pm; Sun, 1 pm - 5 pm.

 
 

SCAD Museum of Art

601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, USA/ 1912.525.7191/ www.scadmoa.org

The SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students and to attract and delight visitors from around the world. Introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter, the museum showcases work by a range of highly acclaimed professional artists, inspiring and challenging students across disciplines to push the boundaries of their creative practice. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 8 pm; Sat, Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.