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Best Museums For Dates In Atlanta

May 26, 2014 8:00 AM

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If you want to shake up your dating routine, or you have someone new in your life that you want to impress, consider heading out to one of Atlanta’s museums. Most of them have happy hours and other fun events throughout the year, and you have built-in topics of conversation with the exhibits. From the large scale of the High Museum to smaller spaces like MOCA GA and MODA, there are plenty of options throughout the city. 
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4400
www.high.org

Of course, the High Museum of Art is what most Atlantans imagine when thinking of their local museum. This summer, women will not have a difficult time dragging men to the museum, as the special exhibit is on the design of “Dream Cars.” Every third Friday of the month, the museum hosts Friday Night Jazz, with live music and drinks and extended evening hours. The jazz nights are free with admission and are offered at no additional cost to museum members. 

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 979-6455
www.museumofdesign.org

MODA, or the Museum of Design Atlanta, is a great no-pressure date night spot, being a little more funky and fun than the stereotypically stuffy museum. Located directly across the street from the High Museum, MODA is one of the city’s better kept secrets. It has interesting exhibits on the design features of a wide range of works, and the small size removes any intimidation factor. On the last Thursday of each month, the museum hosts a Drink in Design program, which makes a great date night, as there are cocktails and occasionally social games or other activities to help you engage with the exhibits. There are also Design Conversation events where you can partake in more in-depth discussions. 

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 367-8700
www.mocaga.org

You will really impress your date if you take her to an event at MOCA GA, one of the city’s smaller little museums. This museum focuses on the works of local Georgia artists and the archives include an impressive collection of works which are regularly rotated into the featured exhibits. It is small and inexpensive (only $5 for non-members), and there is always something new and different to discover. The museum also occasionally hosts discussions with the artists and happy hours where you can mingle with other Atlanta art lovers. But if you visit on a weekday, you can often have the place to yourself, which makes for an intimate and romantic afternoon.

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Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University 
571 S. Kligo Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-4282
www.carlos.emory.edu

Naturally, Atlanta’s main liberal arts university has an impressive museum, and your date will be impressed that you’ve taken him or her to this spot off the beaten path. You will both be impressed by the collections of ancient art and objects housed in the university, and you’re more likely to have some time to yourselves here than you would at the High. Check out the website for the current special exhibitions or just pop in to review the collection. The attractive grounds of the university make for a pleasant and romantic walk before or after your visit, and you may find yourselves feeling like you’re in college again.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 929-6300
www.fernbankmuseum.org

You may think of Fernbank as only a place to take the kids to learn about dinosaurs, but it is also a fun date night spot. Every Friday, the museum hosts a “Martinis & IMAX” event, where adults enjoy cocktails, light bites and even music and dancing, in addition to the chance to catch a beautiful nature film on the giant IMAX screen. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m., with the entertainment beginning at 7:30. It’s a great evening whether you’ve been dating for awhile or you are just getting to know each other. Some evenings have different musical themes, from funk to salsa, and the films change periodically, so you may want to check the museum’s website before making your plans. 

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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