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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Not just for Civil War buffs - beautiful grounds and 1930's era Swan House

I was visiting family in Atlanta and we were looking for something truly "Atlanta" to explore. The History Center is well worth the drive! Plan to spend several hours (or more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was visiting family in Atlanta and we were looking for something truly "Atlanta" to explore. The History Center is well worth the drive! Plan to spend several hours (or more) to really enjoy it all. The center hosts some traveling exhibits - on our visit an exhibit called "Filming the Camps" was there. A well done documentary of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited this historic center last year and loved it. It's definitely a must for civil war buffs. They also have other pertinent exhibits show casing more recent events that marks Atlanta history. I found it a bit out of the way since I was staying in downtown Atlanta. However if you have a car take the time and go.... More 

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Lake Placid, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a very modest fee, visitors are introduced to a plethora of sensory experiences regarding the history of Atlanta from pre-Civil War days to the modern day Olympics. The main museum building contains an outstanding summary of the background of the Civil War, strategies, battles, ebbs and flows that tore the nation apart. Full size replications, multiple short videos, detailed... More 

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Broad Brook
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery within the center offered the most comprehensive civil war collections we have ever seen. Additionally it was displayed logically with high and low level commentary which painted aspects of the human, strategic, political, geographical attributes of this dark, and ultimately defining period of our history. This should be your first choice of things to see in atlanta. We... More 

Thank FranceAddict
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We needed something to do on a wet Monday and this place was ideal. The place must be seen as a work in progress and we were amazed to find we were there on the day of their dedication, - 9 November 2015 and absolutely no mention was made of this when we bought our tickets and what was going... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to the Atlanta History Center about 10:00 am on a Sunday morning, only to find out that they do not open on Sunday until noon. We visited another Atlanta attraction and came back in the afternoon. I have to admit, by that time, I was a little tired already. The Atlanta History Center has a lot of interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here because we wanted to learn more about the Civil war in this area. Wow! We thought this was so well done. After the school groups distanced themselves from us, we really enjoyed this. Great audio commentary on the headsets. Easy to follow. Had lunch on property at Swan Coach house. Ones of our favorites.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big attraction, we went during the Dia De Las Muertes festival so admission was free. Smith Gardens was surisingly worthwhile. You can tell the food gardens are managed well, using companion planting and intensive gardening techniques. Would recommend a visit to see what they are growing and how.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Currently doing remodeling/construction but the facility is incredible. Even without the history, the facility is totally worth a visit.

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Norcross, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beautiful grounds and quarry with natural plants was an enjoyable walk. The Swan House with its history was an amazing tour not to be missed. Then the history center itself with very interesting exhibits: the Civil War, Bobby Jones, filming of Dachua, and the Olympics. All were excellent. Due to time constraints we were unable to visit the Tullie... More 

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