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Atlanta History Center

Address: 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, 10 St Nw, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)
Phone Number: +1 404-814-4000
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Ranked #6 of 143 Attractions in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Gardens, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The museum, Swan House, Tullie Farm, garden, and nature trails are a great way to combine indoor and outdoor activity. A red tailed hawk sat in a tree scanning the garden, as we watched from an upper level terrace. Also; the exhibits are of the highest quality, making this destination, a don't miss.

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Kabul, Afghanistan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Very informative and well set up! Outside, there are lots of paths that make for a good stroll. Inside, I learned more about the American Civil War here than I have anywhere else; great exhibits really brought it to life! Well presented exhibitions on the history of golf (and Bobby Jones) and the 1996 Summer Olympics, among other things. Don't... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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161 reviews 161 reviews
53 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This was a very nice civil war exhibit indeed. Unfortunately some of the audio was not working/ Got into more detail than the pure battlefield histories. Got a good look at the objectives and out of the mainstream acitivities, both military and political. The Bobby Jones exhibit was a little thin. Had not trouble being entertained for 3 hours. Swan... More

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Spring, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We didn't have a lot of time, and went specifically to see the Civil War collection. It was well arranged, and told the story of those terrible times in a clear concise manner. The exhibits were very good,with many artifacts. The history center is located on 33 acres, and there are many trees, flowers, and plants. It was beautiful, even... More

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Kansas City
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I could have spent all day. Very clean, easy to maneuver, friendly staff, great exhibits. The grounds were attractive, easy to get to. I learned a lot about Atlanta history, and was suprised at how peachtree got named.

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Long Island
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I learned lots of additional information about the Civil War from the Atlanta History Center. In addition, the History Center had some lovely nature trails.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

this is one of the most complete collection of artifacts from the civil war. Very extensive both Union and confederate artifacts. Very interesting. allow and hour or two. Don't forget the swan house where Hunger games was filmed next door. A bonus was an exhibit of folk art! great time.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Although I've lived in Atlanta for 32 years, this was my first visit to the venue. I say "venue," because this is an event facility, as well as the Atlanta History Museum. A friend and I were there to attend the annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, which was moved to the Atlanta History Center this year. The admission to the... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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601 reviews 601 reviews
273 attraction reviews
449 helpful votes 449 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Atlanta History Center is a fairly large complex that includes museum space and gardens in downtown Atlanta. It is open every day, however the hours on Sundays re reduced. I would plan on spending at least a few hours here as there is a lot to see. There is ample parking with both a multi-level garage and a lot... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The day we visited the weather outside was not agreeable to walk the grounds, which looked very well landscaped. The historical items inside are well presented and the self guided maze is full of explanation and well lit displays. Plan on allowing at least a half day for a thorough review. More reference to other historical centers in the South... More

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