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Best History 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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Civil Rights Museum

Located in the downtown Atlanta area, The Center for Civil and Human Rights aims to spark a conversation on global human rights while actively paying homage to past movements. Thought-provoking to say the least, this center features futuristic architecture that symbolizes the joining of two hands. With over 43,000 square feet of space, the museum hosts a variety of exhibits that explores the footsteps of American Civil Rights activists and movements. Learn more about the famous, Martin Luther King Jr, or walk through the gallery that spotlight human rights cases of those that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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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William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum is testament of Atlanta's Jewish lineage. Administered by the Atlanta Jewish Federation since 1996, it curates archives from the mid 19th Century to the present day. In one of the largest displays in the Southeast, exhibitions feature photographs, newspaper documentations and memorabilia, including those from the Holocaust that are sure to leave you moved. In addition to galleries, this establishment also houses a genealogy room and library.

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.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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