Atlanta Georgia

Historic Places

The beauty and intrigue of historic Atlanta sites and landmarks reminds visitors of the city’s past amid a thriving urban setting. From historic African-American colleges and universities to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta’s past is at every corner. Enjoy guided tours and shopping along six blocks of Underground Atlanta or catch a show at the historic Fox Theatre. Historic restaurants in Atlanta, shopping districts, parks, museums and antebellum homes will make a walk through Atlanta’s history an unforgettable experience.

Atlanta Cyclorama Atlanta Cyclorama
Atlanta Cyclorama features a rotating stage, which displays the world's largest oil painting, “The Battle of Atlanta.” This Civil War museum features memorabilia and the locomotive "Texas,” as well as period paintings and photographs.
 
Atlanta Higher Education Centers Score an A+ in Culture! Atlanta Higher Education Centers Score an A+ in Culture!
Globally known artists perform a both the The Robert Ferst Center at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, while the Miriam H. and John A. Conant Center at Oglethorpe University serves as the permanent home to the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Art collections featuring many centuries of works are found throughout the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and the Georgia State School of Arts and Design Gallery. The Savannah College of Art & Design’s (SCAD) Atlanta campus offers ongoing art exhibitions at its gallery, located at the Woodruff Arts Center. SCAD’s Ivy Hall hosts cultural events. Atlanta University Center’s Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art present exciting works by nationally acclaimed artists.

 
Atlanta History Center Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the Tullie Smith House (1840s) and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art, with a wing dedicated to the 1996 Olympic Games.
 
Atlantic Station Atlantic Station
Great boutiques, sidewalk cafes and hip restaurants reign at Atlantic Station, designed to feel like a city within a city. Free shuttles are available from the Arts Center MARTA Station. The Millennium Gate showcases world-class architecture, art and history in an intimate gallery setting.
 
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a 27,000-square-foot historic mansion, which now serves as a non-profit community center for Atlanta's arts. It hosts jazz musicians and gallery exhibits as well as art classes and workshops for all ages.
 
Decatur Square Decatur Square
The charming, quirky city of Decatur is just six miles east of downtown. Friendly, walkable and right on the MARTA line, this community is home to more than 200 boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Eddie’s Attic is a must-see for live, local musicians. Year-round festivals include the Arts Festival in May, the Beach Party in June and the Book Festival on Labor Day weekend.
 
Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History brings the world's largest dinosaurs to” life” and explores global cultures through a variety of hands-on exhibits. Enjoy a classy mix of culture and cocktails with Martinis & IMAX® every Friday night.
 
The Fox  Theatre The Fox Theatre
Designed in the late 1920s, this opulent, historic landmark was originally the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque. Today, The Fox Theatre presents shows by Broadway in Atlanta and Theater of the Stars, as well as a summer movie series. It is also home to the Atlanta Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.”
 
Marietta Historic District Historic Neighbors
The Marietta Historic District offers tours of the town and heritage museums. Visit the square for specialty and antique shops, dining and entertainment, including two must-see attractions, Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square and the Theatre In The Square. Tour antebellum homes in the Historic Roswell District, including the 1845 Smith Plantation. Visitors can also enjoy Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
 
Atlanta University Center Historic West End
The West End historic district is an urban neighborhood just southwest of downtown Atlanta.  The community dates back to the 1830s and features restored period homes and Victorian cottages. The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus Stories, and Hammonds House Museum features African-American art. The Atlanta University Center (AUC) is the country's largest concentration of African-American colleges. The AUC comprises Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
 
Ivy Hall Ivy Hall
Ivy Hall, a post-Civil War, Queen Anne-style mansion, was completed 1883 for Edward Peters – president of the Atlanta Railway Company. Within the past 30 years, it has served as a drug rehabilitation clinic and the Mansion Restaurant. After being severely damaged by fire in 2000, it was adopted by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2005. After years of meticulous restorations, Ivy Hall now serves as classrooms for SCAD Atlanta.
 
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is an opportunity to learn about the life and work of the 39th president’s life. Explore a replica of the Oval Office, view special exhibits and listen to oral histories and interviews from the Carter White House. You will also trace Carter’s life from his 6th grade report card to his 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
 
Margaret Mitchell House & Museum Margaret Mitchell House
The three-story Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown was the home where author Margaret Mitchell wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Gone With the Wind.” The house offers tours, a museum and shop, as well as a literature series.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Sweet Auburn District Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Sweet Auburn District
The area of Sweet Auburn served as the thriving center of Atlanta’s black enterprise from the 1890s to the 1940s. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, explore his birth home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center, where Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize is displayed. The tomb of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, is also located here.
 
Medieval Times Medieval Times
Journey back to the 11th century for feasting, fighting and fun. Medieval Times is a family-friendly dinner theater featuring an authentic medieval feast and jousting tournament with live horses and fearless knights.
 
Michael C. Carlos Museum Michael C. Carlos Museum
Travel through space and time in the Michael C. Carlos Museum galleries where ancient objects from Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia, Africa and the Americas introduce visitors to the artistic culture and heritage of the world. Exhibited in the landmark building designed by noted architect Michael Graves, this collection also includes works on paper from the renaissance to the present day. Specials exhibitions and educational events tell the glorious stories of civilization.
 
Atlanta Preservation Center Midtown Walking and Bicycling Tours
Midtown walking and biking tours are available for many Atlanta attractions. Provided by The Atlanta Preservation Center, walking tours include historic neighborhoods and prominent buildings such as The Fox Theatre, one of the few remaining movie palaces of the 1920s. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta caters to many ability levels and features numerous options across the city, such as the Heart of the City Tour. The Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tour lets you experience Atlanta’s coveted cuisine while burning a few calories.
 
Oakland Cemetery Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 70,000 settlers, builders and citizens who impacted the city. Notable figures buried here include Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson, as well as “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Built in 1850, the cemetery with its softly rolling slopes is an oasis of peace and calm within the bustling city. Here you’ll also find beautiful sculptures, masonry and plant life.
 
Piedmont Park Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park features lush woods, Lake Clara Meer, picnic spots, skating paths and many annual events. More than 180 acres, the park is situated between 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, where it joins the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
 
Smith Plantation Home Smith Plantation Home
The Smith Plantation, a 300-acre site north of the Roswell, Ga., includes a house museum filled with period antiques from the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th century. It is also a trove of Civil War-era accoutrements, including furnishings, clothing and written documents.
 
Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park
Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and longest running laser show, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. The Lasershow Spectacular is choreographed with your favorite tunes and breathtaking pyrotechnics. With more than 3,200 acres of natural beauty, you’ll find family-oriented recreational activities, special events, lodging and camping. Visit the Crossroads® area for live shows, craft demos, shopping and dining, or enjoy the Great Locomotive Adventure, Scenic Railroad and Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard. Another family favorite is Sky Hike, a treetop adventure course.
 
Underground Atlanta Underground Atlanta
Six city blocks of Underground Atlanta have been transformed into a subterranean marketplace offering guided historic tours, more than 100 specialty stores, and Kenny's Alley music and nightlife district. You’ll also find street-cart merchants and annual events such as the Peach Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration and Heritage Arts Festival.
 
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
Through its exhibitions, publications and resources, this Atlanta Jewish Federation museum explores Jewish heritage and how it relates to other cultures and religions. It also contains two permanent galleries and hosts special rotating exhibits.
 
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Special Offers and ResourcesSpecial Offers & Resources
Southern Hospitality Savings
Southern Hospitality Savings
The Southern Hospitality Savings program gives you as a convention or meeting attendee great discounts and special offers to make the most out of your trip to Atlanta.
Atlanta CityPASS
Atlanta City Pass
Atlanta CityPASS lets you enjoy eight venues including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta History Center, Zoo Atlanta, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History at nearly 50 percent off the regular admission price.
AtlanTix
AtlanTix
Visit the same-day, half-price AtlanTIX booth located at Underground Atlanta. Find half-price tickets to hundreds of theater, dance and music performances and more than a dozen cultural attractions. Purchase tickets online here.