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Atlanta History Center

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Address: 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, 10 St Nw, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone Number: +1 404-814-4000
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Over the next year, we will be expanding and improving the main museum...

Over the next year, we will be expanding and improving the main museum entrance and admissions area, including the addition of a new cafe and gift shop, all set to open Summer 2015. In the meantime, history is still happening here!

During construction:

The West Paces Ferry Road entrance will be closed to vehicular traffic. Guests should enter the History Center from Andrews Drive (3299 Andrews Drive NW).

The admissions desk and museum gift shop will be temporarily located inside McElreath Hall. The AHC's exhibits, historic houses, and gardens will remain open 7 days a week, and our monthly programming will continue as usual during construction.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Museum is located at the Atlanta History Center. The Atlanta History Center also features the Swan House mansion, Smith Family Farm, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, and five permanent exhibitions.

Last historic home tours begin at 4pm

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The Atlanta History Center is an excellent museum of life in Georgia and especially the Atlanta area. The Swan House is presented as stepping into life in 1934. This house is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Atlanta History Center is an excellent museum of life in Georgia and especially the Atlanta area. The Swan House is presented as stepping into life in 1934. This house is beautiful, with stunning furnishings, décor and views. The docents played their roles of servants well adding a realistic timepiece atmosphere to the house. They answered all of our questions... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had such a delightful time visiting with the "owners" of the Swan House and the Smith Farm. There were few people there on the Monday afternoon we visited, so we had the opportunity to ask all sorts of questions of the historical interpreters. The Swan House is truly a gem of the Old South and the farm a tribute... More 

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As an Atlanta native, I was very eager to see this new exhibit and appreciate what my fellow citizens suggested defined the city. The choices are terrific .. from the humorous to the touching to the historic. It was opening weekend and crowded but what a great tribute to the city! Go and enjoy it and the other exhibits as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we first entered the museum, we went through the halls of the main building and thought that was all there was, which would make this a fairly average museum (although the Civil War wing is top notch). However, the Swan House takes this museum to the next level. We were there fairly early on a Saturday morning, and so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed not only the museums but the grounds, plantation and slave quarters. The life and struggle our fore fathers lived makes you appreciate what you have. Be sure to eat on pretty at the wonderful souther gem restaurant where people dress up for lunch! Gift shop was quite lovely too.

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Manhattan, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits at the Atlanta History Center open up the history of ATL. But the thing that keep drawing me back are the gorgeous grounds and the three wonderful period houses. You need nearly a full day to visit everything. Go at 10:30, do the museum, walk the grounds a bit then have lunch at the Swan Coach House. Then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Atlanta history center includes the center itself, the swan house, the smith family farm, and Margaret Mitchell house. We use the City Pass to get a "buy one get one free" discount. The civil war exhibit is very well presented. The houses portrait what life was like in the past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located close to the city, this site offers a teaching centre for children, exhibitions for adults, and the fully restored historic Swan House, built in the 1930's is worth the time to wanfer through the house and gardens.The Civil War exhibition was really interesting, being from Australia, this widened our understanding of the civil war, and the reasonong on how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the Olympic and Civil War exhibits. Memorabilia and background information were excellent. Our visit was marred, however, by our car being broken into in the parking structure and all of our valuables being stolen! The Atlanta police were bored to have to respond and the security staff seemed surprised and overwhelmed that this had happened. We are sadder... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We've lived in Atlanta 12 years and had never been because we never knew how much more than local history was there. There is an outstanding civil war permanent exhibit. The big surprise was how large the grounds were right in the middle of Buckhead and the interesting sights there. The Swan House was very interesting, made more so by... More 

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