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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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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.
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No overview of Atlanta history

Note—a display with a broad overview of Atlanta history is supposedly on the way. But I came here hoping to find out why Atlanta is so different from other Southern cities, and I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Note—a display with a broad overview of Atlanta history is supposedly on the way. But I came here hoping to find out why Atlanta is so different from other Southern cities, and I came away unenlightened. The two historic houses are interesting, if not terribly different from similar displays in other places. In the main building, you get a text-panel-heavy... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Very cool museum that looks like it will get even better soon. Nice way to spend a few hours. I especially enjoyed the Olympics exhibit they had.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The Atlanta History Center is a mix of historic houses, exhibits, and living history museum. I especially enjoyed the Civil War exhibit and the 1996 Olympic exhibit. I arrived at the Swan House just after it opened and enjoyed a quiet walk around the house. The walk is self-guided, but there are interpreters around to answer questions. The Smith Farm... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Some of their exhibits are tops. A full day can be spent there with the family when you take in the Swan House and the old time farm recreation that are part of the grounds

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El Paso, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The history center has historical exhibits inside the museum, the Swan house which is a house built in the 1920s with everything intact, and an outdoor reproduction of farm life in the 1800s. Our group had Civil War buffs so they loved the Civil War exhibit! The children (ages 4, 8, & 10) loved the outdoor farm and the Swan... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great feeling to stand in the room where Gone With the Wind was written. Amazing how much of the building still exists from the 1920s.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My sister and I went here to see the GWTW exhibit, but we most enjoyed the Civil War attraction. It was very large, with cannons, wagons, uniforms, mess kits, anything you could think of from the war. There was an interactive piece where you could lift the packs and gun a solider would have carried and "shoot a gun" from... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The exhibit on the Civil War was very interesting and complete and the Olympic Games exhibit and Folk Art Exhibit were also very nice. Admission fee covers entry to the Margaret Mitchel (in midtown) a short drive away and also a must-see for history buffs visiting Atlanta.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I visited this place last spring ( Feb' 2014) for my public policy class. There is tons of information in this place. It is also huge don't be fooled by the small size on the exterior. This is great for educational purposes and for anyone interested in history and there were several artifacts on display. I would surely recommend to... More 

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valdosta, georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Doesn't get much better then this. If you want to find out about the past and how it influences us today...this is a must visit. Something for all to enjoy.

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