Atlanta Museums You May Not Know

Add several of these Atlanta museums to your to-do list.
  • The Children's Museum is fun and educational.
    The Children's Museum is fun and educational.
  • The Breman is dedicated to Southern Jewish history and memories of the Holocaust.
    The Breman is dedicated to Southern Jewish history and memories of the Holocaust.
  • The Michael C. Carlos Museum houses the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast.
    The Michael C. Carlos Museum houses the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast.
  • The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts children's workshops as well as puppet shows.
    The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts children's workshops as well as puppet shows.
  • MODA is all about design.
    MODA is all about design.

Atlanta has many world famous museums such as World of Coca-ColaMartin Luther King Jr. National Historic SiteHigh Museum of Art, Fernbank Museum of Natural HistoryAtlanta History Center and College Football Hall of Fame. We also have several local gems that provide insightful glimpses to art, history, culture and fun.

APEX Museum

Apex tells of the African-American experience in Atlanta and the United States.  Among its features are the Journey of Africa, narrated by actor Ossie Davis, and a visit to Sweet Auburn when it was known as the Richest Negro Street in the World. 

Atlanta Monetary Museum

Explore the story of money — from barter to modern times — as well as the turbulent history of America’s banking industry. The museum features a display on the history of money and includes interactive multimedia exhibits that explain the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy and provide a view of the bank’s automated value and cash processing areas.

Braves Museum & Hall of Fame

The Braves Museum & Hall of Fame is an educational and entertainment venue that features more than 600 Braves artifacts and photographs that trace the team's history starting in Boston then Milwaukee then Atlanta in 1966. The museum is open year-round and is the starting point of a one-hour guided tour of Turner Field that includes visits to Sky Field, a luxury suite, the press box, broadcast booth, locker room and dugout. After the 2016 season, the Atlanta Braves will depart Atlanta for a suburban location.

Center for Puppetry Arts Museum 

Visitors can purchase a museum-only or an all-inclusive ticket, which includes museum entry, a family series show and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop. The museum features an interactive Jim Henson Collection that explains how the Muppets came to life. Visitors can see performances and view iconic puppets such as Kermit the Frog. 

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The only children’s museum in Atlanta, the Children's Museum provides a family-friendly environment that allows children to use their imaginations and learn through play. Also offered are party celebrations, field trips, summer camps and family reunions. 

Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries

The museum possesses a permanent collection of 1,215 works of art in African-American modern and traditional African art. Both collections include paintings, murals, sculpture and works on paper. Significant artists include Henry Oshawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett.

David J. Spencer CDC Museum

This Smithsonian-affiliate museum features permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on public health topics as well as the CDC’s history and how it merges old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to eliminate diseases. 

Delta Flight Museum

Come and visit the 68,000-square-foot facility at Delta’s world headquarters. Housed in the airline’s two original maintenance hangars from the 1940s, the museum highlights the company’s history and the growth of commercial aviation. Visitors can try flying a Boeing 737-200 full motion simulator, the only one open to the public in the United States.

Governor’s Mansion 

Tours are given three days a week and are a hybrid of guided and self-guided.

Georgia State Capitol Museum

Located in the state capitol building, the museum collects, maintains and exhibits significant artifacts including historic flags and works of art. 

Hammonds House Museum

The Hammonds House Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art of the African Diaspora and Africa. 

Herndon Home

The Herndons were one of the most prominent African-American families in Atlanta’s history. Alonzo Herndon rose from slavery to become a leader in the black business community and founder of  Atlanta Life Insurance Co. The home, built between 1908 and 1910, was constructed exclusively by African-American craftsmen.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum 

The Jimmy Carter Museum is filled with interactive displays and exhibits where you will learn about democracy, step into the Oval Office and take a virtual trip with the Carters to fight disease and promote democracy. 

Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind” from this turn-of-the-century Tudor Revival building. While touring the home she called the “Dump,” visitors will learn about the author, her works and the famous movie based on her writing.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

From the ancient to the modern world, the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University maintains the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East and the ancient Americas. 

Millennium Gate Museum

The Millennium Gate Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia’s history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage. The classically styled monumental arch houses a 12,000-square-foot museum that includes interactive technology, film, period rooms and exhibitions. The Glenn Gallery pays tribute to the history of the Atlantic Station site, once the home of Atlantic Steel. .

Museum of Contemporary Art GA (MOCA)

MOCA’s mission is to collect and archive significant contemporary works by artists living and working in Georgia. The museum presents an average of 15 exhibitions each year. It offers tours led by professionally trained docents, and these should be booked three weeks in advance.

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Across the street from the High Museum of Art, MODA  is the Southeast’s only museum devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA regularly features exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. 

National Museum of Decorative Painting

The National Museum of Decorative Painting features more than 1,500 examples of paintings of historical and contemporary significance and of artistic merit. The museum is open for tours by appointment only. 

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is a renowned collection on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the museum features a remarkable collection of more than 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. 

 Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

This museum is the only museum in the nation emphasizing art by and about women of the African Diaspora. The permanent collection has more than 350 objects and includes works from women from Cameroon and the Ivory Coast as well as celebrated African-American artists.

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

The museum at The Breman is dedicated to Southern Jewish history and hosts traveling and permanent exhibits as well as an extensive library and Cuba Family Archives. The museum’s permanent collection is the “Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1934." 

 Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 to 1908 and is one of the few remaining Queen Anne Victorian homes in Atlanta. The house features most of the Harris family original furniture and belongings. Joel Chandler Harris recreated the oral tradition of the Brer Rabbit tales. The success of the Uncle Remus stories made Harris one of the most popular American writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. An associate editor of the Atlanta Constitution, Harris was a significant voice for the New South and a staunch advocate of racial reconciliation. 

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

 

 

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