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Best Museums in Atlanta

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APEX Museum

The African-American Panoramic Experience is a museum that catalogs the history of Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Located near the boyhood home of Martin Luther King, Jr., the APEX also serves as the nation's foremost center for the study of African-American history. There is a replica of a Sweet Auburn Avenue drugstore and barbershop, as well as a theater trolley car which shows an introductory video. This important cultural museum offers visitors a chance to explore a part of Atlanta and her history that is often overlooked.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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The King Center

The King Center was built to commemorate the contributions of the civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. The memorabilia and artifacts displayed here give visitors a sneak peak into the life of this eminent personality and his ideologies. The center contains his crypt which was moved from the South- View Cemetery. There is an Eternal Flame symbolizing the hope of Dr. King that lives on. The Freedom Hall contains major exhibits and a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Frequented by eager tourists and students, this place provides an interesting and educating experience.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum sits on 35 landscaped acres just east of downtown where the Virginia-Highlands meet Inman Park. The complex consists of five interconnected pavilions that house the offices of the former President, research and foundation facilities, and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, which includes thousands of papers and mementos from the Carter administration. The landscaped gardens feature a lake, as well as more than 400 plants and 80 varieties of roses, including the coral Rosalynn Carter rose.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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The Wren's Nest

This handsome Victorian abode was the longtime home of famed Georgia writer Joel Chandler Harris, who penned some of this country's most popular stories for children as well as adults. Best known for his Uncle Remus tales, Harris wrote many of his landmark pieces right here in Atlanta, and the story of his life and work is on display at the museum. Guided tours and storytelling programs are offered, as well as a nice shop that stocks books and Brer Rabbit memorabilia.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is indeed a center for culture in Atlanta. From a trip to the symphony to a visit to see some Picassos, you can soak up some real culture and art here. The center encompasses many major venues including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre. Visit the website to see a calendar of events at the center.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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High Museum of Art

It is hard to miss this ultra-modern, stark white structure that houses Atlanta's finest collections of classic and contemporary art. A towering atrium soars to four interior levels, with the galleries moving from 18th and 19th Century collections near the ground floor to cutting edge art on the upper levels. The High has increased in size to 312,000 square feet with three buildings designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano: the Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for galleries, and an office building. The High is a frequent host to some of the world's most important touring collections, and has hosted exhibitions featuring artists like Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell. With over 15000 works in the permanent collection, the High also displays old prints of Abe Lincoln and of General William Tecumseh Sherman, and an array of sculptures and photographs.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) opened its doors in 1993 as Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, in the city's downtown area. After a decade, and receiving local grants, it relocated and shifted focus from art to design. MODA is now located in midtown across the High Museum of Art, in the Peachtree Building. This is the only institution in the Southeast which strives to understand every aspect of everyday design. Some of the exhibitions held here cover subjects such as chairs, architecture, bathrooms and photography. Regular gallery tours, lectures, and awareness programs for kids are also held. Several international exhibitions have been held here, featuring cutting-edge plans from all over the world.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Millennium Gate & Museum

The Millennium Gate beautifully punctuates Midtown to give Atlanta its "Gate City" nickname. The Latin inscription on the facade indicates the structure is a dedication to peaceful accomplishments. The architecture is quintessential of classic Roman triumphal arches replete with sculptural accents and a picturesque landscape. It houses a museum that sprawls over 12,000 square feet (1,100 square meters) and showcases a well-preserved collection of Georgian memorabilia and historical evidence. The period rooms lend a glimpse into life in the 18th Century while digital and technologically interactive displays make for a sophisticated history lesson.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the country. Surrounded by 140 acres (56 hectares) of forests, it is located a short distance from downtown and is a must on itineraries to Atlanta. Natural history buffs can marvel at intriguing exhibitions in the Great Hall. A landmark in itself, this splendid building features a vertigo-inducing skylight that towers at 86 feet (26 meters). Interactive programs at the planetarium promise an entertaining astronomy lesson, while the 315-seater IMAX theater showcases movies on its five-story screen. Note that film screenings on Fridays are accompanied by delicious martinis.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans a historical stretch of nearly 9000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th Century BCE to the 20th Century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center is a great spot for history buffs. This comprehensive museum complex was founded in 1926 and chronicles the region's history which includes sections on the Civil War, Civil Rights movement, Southern folk crafts, Atlanta's expansion and much more. Spread across 33 acres (13.5 hectares), it consists of the Atlanta History Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm (Smith Family Farm), Margaret Mitchell House, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Kenan Research Center and six beautiful gardens. It has various programs, festivals and events going on throughout the year. Considered to be among the biggest history museums in the country, each space is unique and distinct, giving a glimpse of an era bygone and stories to enthrall everyone. The Margaret Mitchell House is a hub for authors and amateur writers as it hosts yearly creative writing programs to keep the legacy of the celebrated writer, whose novel Gone with the Wind, is among the most loved books. Don't miss this center when in Atlanta.

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