As the weather cools and Atlanta transitions into fall and winter, it's an opportune time to get cozy with the city’s various indoor museums and attractions. At the top of our list this season are two newbies to the downtown area: the Center for Civil and Human Rights and, the appropriately timed, College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
Equal Ground: The Center for Civil and Human Rights
The long-awaited Center for Civil and Human Rights has been on Atlanta's radar for years. Now that it finally opened this past summer, the beautifully constructed and thoughtfully arranged museum does not disappoint. With a range of exhibits and global set of issues, this provocative museum offers issues relevant to everyone.
Human rights find a global perspective at this new museum — Photo courtesy of Center for Civil and Human Rights
Former Atlantan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gains prominent focus in the Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which features rotating exhibits highlighting personal papers, achievements and items that belonged to the late civil rights leader.
The Rolls Down Like Water: American Civil Rights Movement exhibit, likewise, is an immersion into our country’s civil rights movement, and it offers an interactive look into the landscape of the 1950s and 1960s, through dynamic video, audio and photography.
Upstairs, you can gain a quick education on both the achievements and the injustices affecting global human rights, speaking to everything from underpaid labor to women's rights and genocide. Be sure to stop by before Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, to view The Inaugural Year Exhibition – Part II (which includes the exhibits Nonviolence and Peacemaking during the Civil Rights Movement and the Benny Andrews' John Lewis Series) while it's still up!
Tickets to the Center for Civil and Human Rights are $10 for children ages three to 10, $13 for students and seniors (those over age 65) and $15 for adults ages 18 to 64.
That's a Ball Game: College Football Hall of Fame
While you're in the neighborhood, those football buffs among you may want to brush up on your sports education at the 94,256-square-foot College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Whether you're a fair-weathered fan, a die-hard devotee or just someone who enjoys making spinach dip while the game's on in the background, you'll find something to cheer about at this sport sanctuary.
A wall of helmets pays tributes to legions of legends — Photo courtesy of College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience
First, there are the legends – those 900 star athletes and 200 winning coaches worthy of football fame – whose stories are chronicled through 10 augmented reality displays. Hear their awe-inspiring feats and relive those moments of glory in this tribute, which was relocated from its home in South Bend, Ind.
Your ticket also earns you access to the indoor, 45-yard football field (where you can test your athletic prowess); various games and activities take place on the field daily. You can also look into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone (where you can test your field-goal-kicking skills); a kaleidoscopic wall of football helmets; a football film-playing movie theatre; interactive displays; and more.
The sprawling museum is also home to 50,000 square feet of event space. (Touchdown for all of you newly-engaged sports junkies!) To see it all, give yourself about an hour-and-a-half to fully enjoy the experience.
Tickets for the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience are free for kids under three; $17.99 for students, members of the military and those age 65 and over; $16.99 for kids ages 3 to 12; and $19.99 for adults.