Five Must-See Museums In Atlanta

March 28, 2015 8:00 AM

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From soft drinks to high art, Atlanta museums have something for everyone. Whether you want to spend a dreamy afternoon strolling through an old Southern mansion or you want to create your own Minecraft building in a 3D printing class, the museums around town are constantly offering unique activities. There are plenty of ways to make learning fun for children and adults. Of course, there are also cocktail parties where the city’s singles come out to play, too!
Museum Of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 979-6455
www.museumofdesign.org

The Museum of Design Atlanta, or MODA, is located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, directly across from the High Museum. While the High can easily take a day or two to visit, MODA is much more compact and fits easily into an afternoon off. The exhibits focus on different elements of design, from sustainable housing to high fashion. There are often interesting and fun events here, from a beer and Lego-building night to classes in 3D printing. 

High Museum Of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4400
www.high.org

This is Atlanta’s premiere museum, housed in the impressive Woodruff Arts Center complex right in the middle of town. The permanent collection contains more than 14,000 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, decorative art and folk art. The temporary exhibits are always major events in town, with various activities planned by the museum throughout the duration of each exhibit, from a high tea to bhangra dancing. The current exhibit on the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle shape is a must-see Atlanta attraction. 

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 premiere humanities university has a great museum, but you will truly be surprised at the depth of this collection. For a relatively small space, the school holds a collection of over 17,000 artifacts from antique cultures. If you enjoy Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, or African history, you will want to check out this collection. The temporary exhibits are also very interesting, and the smaller size of the museum makes it easier to digest than a larger space. 

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The Atlanta History Center
130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W.

Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000
www.atlantahistorycenter.com

Of course, you’ll also want to learn a bit about Atlanta’s history, and the Atlanta History Center is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. The grand historic Swan House is always fun to tour to get a sense of life in the 1930’s for a well-off family, or you can interact with characters from the Civil War era at the Smith Family Farm. There are beautiful gardens on the grounds as well that make for a lovely walk. The museum itself is known for its Civil War exhibit and for temporary exhibits on different facets of Southern history.

World Of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 676-5151
www.worldofcoca-cola.com

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly museum in Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola is difficult to beat. Where else will you be greeted by a giant polar bear? The tour takes you through the history of the famous brand and provides interesting information about the famous soda and bottle design. There are historic advertisements from Norman Rockwell, and you’ll learn about the brand’s impact on your image of Santa Claus. At the end of the tour, you even get the chance to sample the company’s soda flavors from around the world. 

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

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