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.
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.
Few people know that tucked away within the massive Centers for Disease Control complex near Emory University is the fascinating David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Developed in association with the Smithsonian Institute, the museum features state-of-the-art exhibits on the history of CDC and its lead role in disease investigation and eradication in the United States and around the globe. A large scale multimedia installation, Global Symphony presents compelling narratives and media collages about CDC's impact on public health. Permanent and temporary exhibits explore smallpox eradication, AIDS prevention and other health issues. Before you go, be sure to have a government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license or passport) with you for entry. Exhibits are self-guided; however tours can be arranged in advance for groups of 10 or more.
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.
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.
The fun you and your family can have at this children's museum is endless. The Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is located just steps away from the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta's downtown cultural district. While the museum was designed for children eight and under, kids and adults of all ages love to get in on the interactive action. Exhibits explore the concepts of nature, food, engineering, artistic expression and food. Traveling exhibits happen throughout the year as well as educational programs and events.
Spread over a splendid 3,400 square feet (315.87 square meter) on Marietta Street, in Downtown Atlanta, Gallery 72 is home to many a prestigious art exhibitions and events. The gallery focuses on current trends in contemporary art - be it paintings, sculptures and even digital art. The splendid space designed by Stanley Beaman, was established in 2012. The facility, operated by The Office of Cultural Affairs of Atlanta, promotes budding talent and features several interesting events throughout the year. Check the website for information on latest events and exhibitions.
College Football Hall of Fame is located in the vicinity of other downtown landmarks like the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN Center. It commemorates the outstanding achievements of American college football league players and coaches. Some of the Hall of Famers include the likes of Steve Bartkowski, Art Shell, Tommy Kramer and Charles Alexander. Spread over 94,256 square feet (8.76 square meters), this museum features myriad displays and interactive exhibits. Visitors can peruse football memorabilia and relics, engage in multimedia activities, or catch indoor sporting action at their 405 square-foot (37.62 square-meter) arena. This establishment also features a theater and entrance to the Georgia World Congress Center.
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.
The Blue Tower Gallery is an eclectic art space known for exhibits by known as well as upcoming artists. From paintings, sculptures to film and media works are displayed here. The exhibitions are sometimes supported by live performances which makes it even more interesting.