Atlanta Area Museums

This pages is full of links to museums in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Great info for visitors and locals alike!

The Atlanta Cyclorama Billed as the longest running show in America this Civil War Exhibit opened in 1893. It is located in Grant Park and the cyclorama is a 42 foot high 358 foot long cylindrical oil painting that you sit in the middle of, so you have the 360 degree view of Atlanta during the civil war. There are two floors of additional exhibits including the steam locomotive "Texas" which dates back to the mid-1800’s.

American Museum of Papermaking  Located on the Georgia Tech campus this is everything you ever wanted to know about paper. It is a great resource for understanding the history of paper and modern paper technology. It has extensive information on hand paper making.

Apex Museum  Located in the heart of the Sweet Auburn district this is a history of the African American Experience. This Chronicles chronicals the history of the Auburn Avenue Area and highlights the contributions of African Americans to America and the world.

Atlanta History Center  This history center is located in Buckhead and has the Swan House and Tullie Smith Farm, which are two fascinating period homes The Swan House is a magnificent mansion of the 1930’s aristocracy completely furnished and open for tours. The Tullie Smith Farm, on the same grounds is an antebellum farm from the 1840’s complete with outbuildings and  authentic gardens Additionally the History Center has 3 acres of diverse gardens. 

Fernbank Science Center  The Fernbank Science Center is an agency of the DeKalb County School System and is located on Heaton Park Drive, near the Emory University Campus. It  has a Planetarium and a 36" telescope. The Public is allowed to use the telescope on Thurs and Fri evenings with clear weather. There is also a 65 acre parcel called the Fernbank Forest which is open to the Public and showcases native regional plants.

Fernbank Natural History Museum   This museum, located on Clifton Rd near the Emory Campus, has varied exhibits, including "A Walk Through Time in Georgia", "Giants of the Mesozoic", "Sensing Nature", and the "World of Shells". There are other permanent exhibits and various traveling exhibits are showcased as well. A very popular event is the "Martinis and IMAX" which is on Friday Nights and offers food and live music along with "martinis and IMax" movies.

Ferst Center for the Arts     The Ferst Center for the Arts is located on the Georgia Tech campus. It is host to a variety of concerts, lectures, recitals, films, dance and theater. It is open during the school year from September through May.

High Museum of Art  is located on Peachtree Rd in the heart of Atlanta and is part of the Woodruff Arts Center. It is a world class art gallery with over 11,000 works of art in it’s permanent collection. It is host to some of the best traveling exhibitions to tour the USA and has Friday Jazz on the third Friday of the month.

Jimmy CarterPresidential Library and Museum  Located just east of  Downtown Atlanta the Jimmy Carter Library offers a glimpse into the contributions of Jimmy Carter to the World. The Noble Peace Prize is on display along with an exact replica of the oval office. Gifts to President Carter from World leaders are also on display. Various exhibits and events are hosted throughout the year.

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum  Margaret Mitchell lived here from 1925-1932 when it was a 10 unit apartment building and it was here that she wrote "Gone With the Wind" . The building has a apartment which is a replica of her apartment, a Gone with the Wind Museum and gift shop, and is home to the Center for Southern Literature.

Martin Luther King Center  Located just east of Downtown Atlanta, the Martin Luther King Center for Non Violent Social Change is a Federal Park. It includes Dr.
Martin Luther Kings’s Tomb, The Ebenezer Baptist Church, and is near the "Sweet Auburn District". You can tour the house where he was born, and view the history of the movement.

Michael C. Carlos Museum   A number of ancient art pieces have a permanent residence in this Emory University Museum. A regular rotation of interesting exhibitions are showcased and there are a wide variety of world art such as sub Sarahan African Art, work from Ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman, Art of Ancient Americas, and more. It is located on the Emory Campus.

Museum of Music  This is a virtual museum which is the predecessor of a bricks and mortar museum which will eventually be located in Atlanta Georgia.

Oglethorpe Museum of Art  This is a museum located on the Oglethorpe University Campus as the name suggests. Museum & Gift Shop Hours  Tuesday through Sunday  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm  (closed on Monday and University holidays)

Spellman College Museum of Fine Arts   Again this is obviously at the Spelman College, It is a  Museum of Fine Art and serves the academic needs of the students at Spellman college. The museum features works by and about women of the African Diaspora. It was built with a endowment from Bill Cosby, of entertainment fame.

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum  Located at 1440 Spring St. in Midtown Atlanta, This museum "explores the universal themes of respect for difference, responsible citizenship, human dignity, and community building through the lens of the Jewish experience."

Woodruff Arts Center  The Woodruff Arts Center includes the Alliance Theatre Company, High Museum of Art, Atlanta College of Art, 14th Street Playhouse and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Atlanta College of Art has recently merged with the Savannah College of Art

Wren’s Nest This museum does not have it’s own web site that I have been able to find, but the link takes you to the National Register of Historic Places Web Page about the facility. It is the Joel Chandler Harris Home (who wrote Uncle Remus Tales)