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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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 tour of historic homes at 4pm daily.
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We only allowed half a day to visit the Atlanta History Center and it was not near enough time. The museum itself is amazingly full of Civil War artifacts and history. We could... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We only allowed half a day to visit the Atlanta History Center and it was not near enough time. The museum itself is amazingly full of Civil War artifacts and history. We could easily have spent half a day in the Civil War section alone. The Olympic exhibit is well done and informative as well as the folk art and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I managed to finally make it over for a lecture a few months back. I really hate that I have not visited here before. The have interesting events, and it is situated very centrally in Buckhead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Undergoing some construction so a little bit of that going on. Exhibits were nice - however wished they would have posted signs on the video viewing areas - the videos are 6 minutes long but the chattering in the rooms made it impossible to watch. Lots of high schoolers there on tour so not very quiet. The grounds are well... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

When we visited, they were undergoing a lot of renovation work, which was rather disappointing, but on the whole it was a very well presented set of exhibitions. The have one on the effects of the Civil War, one on the Atlanta Olympic Games, and another on the concentration camps in WWII Germany. They also have Swan House, which is... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Pretty easy to find, just minutes off the interstate, but traffic is 'tricky.' Has lots of info and exhibits (more exhibits being installed) from Antebellum Atlanta to the '96 Olympics and beyond. Also, there is a 19th/20th c mansion, gardens and farm on the site. If you purchase your ticket here, it includes admission to the Margaret Mitchell home/museum downtown.

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McDonough, south east Atlanta suburbs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

If your an out of town visitor, this museum is a great one to get an overview of Atlanta and the South. I live i metro area and my out of town family akways likes this museum - with out exception. Nothing out of this world or anything- just a solid, well done museum anyone should enjoy. Worth the time... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The history center is absolutely worth a visit. You will learn and see so many great things about Atlanta, the civil war, slavery, lifestyles, art, so many things. The grounds around the center are also absolutely beautiful with a mansion and cabins from the past. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've lived in Atlanta for 20 years and had never visited the center. I had a friend in town and needed a place to go. I was amazed at the beauty of the grounds There are 26 acres with a small farm, a hiking trail and the Swan House, a mansion built in 1930 and left as if in a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Swan house was wonderful & we had a great tour plus lunch at the Swan Carriage House. The guides were in period costumes & spoke as if they were from that period.

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Save your money and wait until the construction is over. It is too hard to get to some exhibits. Also, it is hard to get there. If you make a left-hand turn from Peachtree onto Pace Ferry, you will get a traffic citation. Not sure how else you can get onto Pace Ferry. Buckhead area has cameras and private cops... More 

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