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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
Owner description: Over the next year, we will be expanding and improving the main...
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Type: History Museums, Gardens, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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Mexico City, Mexico
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114 reviews 114 reviews
69 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Do go inside the History center, and read a bit more about Civil War, then walk around the gardens where you'll find a farmhouse and reenactment of how they worked metal and wood, and how houses were with little slave quarter and were they grew their vegetables. On another side of the park, you'll find a beautiful house with furniture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The History Center sits on a beautiful landscape; sunken garden, hillside farmhouse, and terrace grounds surround this impeccable museum. The exhibits document historical events such as; the Civil War, Atlanta Olympics, and the Making of "Gone With the Wind." The Swann House, vintage 1929, provides a glimpse into the aristocratic lifestyle of wealthy cotton brokers living during the depression years.... More 

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Jefferson, Georgia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a fantastic collection of museums, historical buildings and gardens where you could easily spend most of a day. The Civil War exhibit is one of the finest I have ever seen, made especially interesting because almost all of the artifacts come from in and around Atlanta. They do an excellent job of letting you visualize where, in modern... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is really well-done and the artifacts are not only numerous but really high quality. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours if you want to do more than just catch a glimpse.

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Charlotte, NC
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stopped on our way through Atlanta and were impressed by the quality of the Civil War display. We have seen many displays like this for a variety or wars (Civil, WWI, European history) and this was a very educational and impressive display. Great selection of weapons and historical details. I would not miss this if you are in the area.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Excellent information on the history of Atlanta and they provided a Spanish speaking guide for my in laws.

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New York City, New York
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43 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We are visiting from the north in December, so the ability to spend a day outside in nature in 70 degree weather was appealing. Even in late fall with most of the flowers and leaves gone, the gardens and woods of this facility are lovely. We wandered most of the trails and stopped in for a bit at the farm... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We walked all around the grounds. Trails are well marked and relatively flat. Spent the entire time outside and visited Swann house and the farm. Don't miss the 2 playhouses. Next time we're going inside to the museum.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Loved the Swan House! Great Civil War exhibit, and the Centennial Olympic exhibit was informative. It needs an Atlanta History exhibit which is apparently due in 2016.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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