Atlanta is the most populous city in Georgia and among the largest and most populous in the United States. It is also a hugely popular tourist destination, thanks to its rich history, beautiful neighborhoods, irresistible food, and many parks and gardens.
In this article, we will look at some of the best museums to visit in this amazing city.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Established in 2014, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights has quickly become one of Atlanta's biggest attractions. And why not? It is an excellent museum, thoughtfully laid out to leave you with a powerful and moving experience.
The museum focuses on the stories and achievements of The American Civil Rights Movement and today’s Global Human Rights Movements. There are three permanent exhibits — “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection,” “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement,” and “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement.”
One of the most unforgettable experiences at the museum is their interactive recreation of a lunch counter sit-in complete with headphones that simulate the taunts and threats leveled at activists.
A must-visit place if you are in or around Atlanta.
High Museum of Art
Located on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art is over a hundred years old. Established in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, today, the museum is home to over eighteen thousand works of art.
The museum’s collections include an extensive array of “nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk, and self-taught art, and African art.”
The prominent artists featured at the museum include Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Dorothea Lange, Clarence John Laughlin, and Chuck Close.
The museum’s building itself is of remarkable beauty designed by Richard Meier, who won the 1984 Pritzker Prize.
College Football Hall of Fame
If you are a fan of college football, you’ll love this place.
This 95,000-square feet facility, located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism, and entertainment districts, houses “five themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 47-yard football field and a three-story wall of over 750 college football helmets.”
You will learn a lot about the history of the game while having loads of fun. People — both kids and adults alike — love the interactive exhibits and the opportunity to try out different field activities.
A wonderful place even for those not too much into the sport. Fans can easily spend 3–4 hours without even realizing it.
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center is an amazing place for a history buff.
Originally founded as the Atlanta Historical Society in 1926, the organization officially became Atlanta History Center in 1990. The museum’s campus spans 33 acres and features historic gardens and houses located on the grounds, including the popular Swan House, Smith Farm.
The Center is home to one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the country. In fact, the exhibit, Turning Point: The American Civil War, is one of the most popular exhibits at the museum.
The highlight for most visitors is the Cyclorama: The Big Picture. It’s one of the only two cycloramas in the US and features the fully restored cyclorama painting, The Battle of Atlanta — a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art that stands 49 feet tall. This alone is worth a visit.
The several Goizueta Gardens are lovely and add to the charm of the place.
So these were the top four museums to visit in Atlanta. I must add that even as we get out of the shackles of the pandemic, some of the places might not be fully open or may have some restrictions. So please make sure you have researched before visiting.
Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.
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