History and Art Take Center Stage at Atlanta's 10 Best Museums

Atlanta’s museums brilliantly highlight her rich and tumultuous history, and well as her increasing notoriety in the nation’s art and culture scene. From the precious art of High Museum Atlanta to the high-tech touches at the College Football Hall of Fame, patrons continuously meet with engaging opportunities for fun and learning.

The permanent and visiting exhibits in Atlanta display captivating exhibits to draw you in, but the special programming they offer will win you over. High Museum of Art hosts a number of city-celebrated programs, including Friday night lectures and live music, monthly free family programming, open studio time for teens and a host of free events on the Sifly Piazza. Michael C Carlos, a museum of ancient art, provides monthly story time for children, workshops for teachers, film screenings, workshops for older children and more.

Celebrate Civil Rights with Martin Luther King, Jr at his home and at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which is one of 100 stops on the new US Civil Rights Trail.  Also greatly anticipated is the opening of the new exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Eight acres of all-new experiences set in the natural woodlands adjacent to the Museum will feature family-friendly and inspiring ways to explore and enjoy nature.

Whether you prefer history, art, special programming or something altogether different, the Museums in Atlanta will impress and delight you.

Center for Puppetry Arts
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Show your love for all things puppets at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Regularly playing host to puppet performances for adults and children, the site is also home to a museum featuring permanent and visiting exhibits. View examples of shadow,...  Read More



Feel the excitement and spirit of college football fanfare from the moment you step inside the football-shaped building. Your ticket includes high-tech RFID credentials. This microchip-enabled ticket personalizes your museum experience. You see...  Read More

World of Coca-Cola
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Explore the history of Coca-Cola in the 60,000+ square foot exhibit. You'll find the world's largest permanent display of Coke memorabilia, a tasting room and a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. The tasting includes over 100...  Read More

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum


Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum highlights the achievements of Jewish people and promotes justice. When you visit, you might see exhibits on the Holocaust, the history of Jewish people and the exhibits focused on the Jewish...  Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change honors Dr. King's life and reflects love, justice and peace. Both Dr. and Mrs. King's remains are housed in a crypt on the grounds, with an eternal flame. Freedom Hall houses a...  Read More

Michael C. Carlos Museum
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You won't find any other museums in town quite like the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Founded in 1919 and located at Emory University, the Carlos is Atlanta's oldest art museum. Its permanent collection features everything from Egyptian art to...  Read More



The Atlanta History Center has a wide array of exhibits. Visitors can tour the Swan House, located on the museum's grounds. The Atlanta History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House, which is located on Crescent Avenue. While at the...  Read More

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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This highly interactive museum provides activities, stories, crafts and performances. Regular interactive traveling exhibits always offer something new. Permanent exhibits include Fernbank NatureQuest, the newest way for kids to explore nature...  Read More

National Center for Civil and Human Rights
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The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a powerful, moving museum that ties the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s with the today's global Human Rights movement. Visitors can tour a number of permanent and temporary exhibits,...  Read More



The High Museum of Art is a fine arts museum that has exhibits displaying artwork from some of the greats. Learn about some of the most influential artists in the world through the High's lectures and events. Children will enjoy the Greene...  Read More


Meet Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any...  More About Lesli