This fall, Atlanta brings forth some really unique museums that will definitely expand your mind. Paris comes to Atlanta again at the High Museum, a big, conquering soldier takes over Fernbank and a flying school bus swoops into The Children’s Museum. Check the websites of each of these museums for some lectures, tours and special events they have running during the time the exhibition is here. Plus, if you have any family in town for the holiday season, you’ve got your top five list of where to take them.
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Dates: September 22, 2012 through January 6, 2013
This exhibit is another installment of the four-year collaboration the High Museum has with the Louvre in Paris. This particular exhibit focuses on both American and European art. Atlanta residents have seen some well-known portraits, sketches, sculptures and furniture from the Louvre and will be delighted to get this new collection. The Louvre collection at the High has always drawn a crowd, particularly during the closing dates of the exhibit, so go early. Helpful hint: Fulton County residents get free admission to the High on the first Saturday of every month.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Dates: Opens October 5, 2012
This is a really exciting, not-to-be-missed exhibit. There’s none other like the infamous Genghis Khan. This exhibit aims to retell the true story of this great conqueror and dispel myths. It will contain a large collection of 13th-century Mongolian artifacts, many of which have never been on display to the public. For a great date night, check out this exhibit on a Friday night during martinis and IMAX.
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The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Dates: October 6, 2012 through January 27, 2013
Take a ride on the Magic School Bus. This traveling exhibit, made by The Children’s Museum of Houston, is based on the popular book and TV series “The Magic School Bus,” and is fully packed with knowledge on weather. It has lots of interactive activities in a huge space for kids to play and learn. Visitors can enter Ms. Frizzle’s classroom, the Walkerville Weather Center and even see the bus itself. The interactive computer stations operate in both English and Spanish. Parents will enjoy this exhibit as well.
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University
571 S Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
Dates: Now through November 11, 2012
A lesser-known museum, the Michael C. Carlos museum never disappoints in its exhibitions and has a nice low admission cost. This exhibition is the first of a two-part series. “The Plains of Mars” includes nearly 80 engravings, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and aquatints that look at the theme of war and peace. Expect to see works of art from historic printmakers such as Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius and Francisco Goya.
The Breman Museum
1440 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Dates: Now through December 9, 2012
The Breman Museum is a Jewish cultural museum with many permanent and traveling exhibits. This temporary exhibit highlights the story of Jewish academics from Germany and Austria who taught at historically black colleges and universities in the Jim Crow South. These two parties of people, who both suffered persecution, shared the commonality of seeking both freedom and opportunity. This is a great exhibit for the whole family.
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