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Atlanta History Center

130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, 10 St Nw, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)
+1 404-814-4000
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Ranked #7 of 193 Attractions in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tampa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Good- The live history. Not the Biltmore of the Smokeys, but same kinds a of thing. Staff was really helpful. Kids even got to play in a 1930s kids room with kids room. The Bad- The Swan mansion doesn't open until 1230. Just and FYI, plan around. Will definitely Return

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Harlem, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The Atlanta History Center is a relatively new addition to Atlanta. It has only been open since the 1990's and the exhibits are very well done. The building is like new and designed to take you through the various displays in a sequence. Along the route are video rooms which further describe the impacts of the war. The staff are... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The Atlanta History is beautifully run and supported by Atlanta's finest. It is a MUST....NOT to be missed!

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Hoschton, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is the best, and I mean the best museum in Atlanta. When it comes to the Civil War, this museum beat the exhibits at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This museum has exhibits on folk art, metropolitan Atlanta history, Bobby Jones, Civil War, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The Atlanta History center has the beautiful Swan House... More

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Venice, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visited on a Saturday. It wasn't crowded. Convenient parking in a ramp. Beautiful grounds to walk. The Swan House was interesting, and there was helpful staff to answer questions and provide information about the history of the home and period. The Museum had several exhibits; something for everyone. It was well-laid out. I wish we would have had more... More

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Atlanta History Center is worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours wandering round the various historical attractions. The Swan House and Smith Family farm show the differences in lifestyle during different times in history. The Civil War exhibit was very interesting and informative. The exhibit of the 1996 Olympic Games was also interesting. There are also nice... More

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Hertfordshire UK
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

From start to finish we were very impressed with the layout and facilities. There is an entry fee but good value for money Thoroughly recommended

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

Headed here in the morning. Finished by about 1pm, Swan House is gorgeous. war museum was great. Highly recommended by 2 Aussies

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

While the civil war exhibit, inside the history museum and the Swan house were nice, there were way too many children without supervision. It was difficult to read exhibits, take pictures of exhibits or get into view exhibits while I was there today. Children were running in the building, between us when we were trying to take pictures. When asked... More

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Brandi W, Public Relations Manager at Atlanta History Center, responded to this review

Hi IAGreen- I'm sorry you were disappointed in your visit to the Atlanta History Center. We were hosting our Home school Program on the day you visited. Yes, there were many children here on that day. I apologize if you felt you weren't able to experience the museum as you desired. The Atlanta History Center does pride itself on being... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The amount of exhibits, in general, were great! Personal favorites were Swan Mansion and the Civil War turning point, inside the main house. The major problem deals too many overlapping activities for children that makes it difficult for adults to absorb all of the history all 33 acres has to offer. What made matters worse, was some of the parents... More

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Brandi W, Public Relations Manager at Atlanta History Center, responded to this review

I'm sorry you were disappointed in your visit to the Atlanta History Center. We were hosting our Home school Program on the day you visited. Yes, there were many children here on that day. I apologize if you felt you weren't able to experience the museum as you desired. The Atlanta History Center does pride itself on being family friendly,... More

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