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Michael C. Carlos Museum

571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4282
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Ranked #8 of 195 attractions in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This 45,000-square-foot museum on the campus of Emory University is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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125 reviews 125 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The collection at the Carlos Museum, focusing primarily on Egyptian, Greek, and Early American civilization artifacts, is impressive of its own accord, however the manner in which it's presented is absolutely superb. There are details and stories that immerse the visitor into the era, referencing historical events and cultural implications that effected the art and vice-versa. It's ABSOLUTELY worth a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This small museum is a off the beaten path, having no street frontage on the Emory campus. It's well worth a visit. The Egyptian collection is a fine as I have ever seen, in a beautiful setting.

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Woodstock, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

In the South there is no other place to view relics and Antiquities from the Ancients than this excellent source. Hammurabi's Stele (exact replica taken from original from 100 years ago, when those kinds of copies were permitted), real Egyptian mummies, and Roman mosaics name a few. A rare audio guide, detailing how many of the artifacts are mentioned in... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum could be one of my favorite museums in the entire world. Although small, the collections, from cultures like ancient Iran and ancient Costa Rica, astounded me. Almost every major ancient culture is represented in that museum, which does make it comparable to the Met in NYC. My multiple visits that I did while in Atlanta were each spectacular.... More

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Atlanta Georgia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

If you are in the Emory area, the Carlos museum is a great place to spend 45 minutes. They have a nice little Egyptian exhibit with real mummies. There are roman statues and other antiquities. But this is not a place to see paintings. While in the area, check out the Special Collections on the top of Woodruff library, which... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A small museum can either do many things with mediocre results or one thing exceedingly well. The Michael Carlos has an absolutely wonderful collection of ancient art - Egyptian, Greek, Roman and pre-Columbian. The curators are top notch. Special exhibitions most of the time. Comparatively low admission.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My eight year old calls this the "mummy museum", and it's one of our favorites. It is small and very accessible with a GREAT book and gift shop, and a café. Do plan a visit while the Buddhist monks are making Mandalas. Amazing to see.

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Lilburn, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a great place to bring friends or visiting family. The artifacts include South American, Asian, Roman and Egyptian findings (including mummies). There's plenty to see here and the staff is very friendly. This is one of Atlanta's very own hidden treasures.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Looking to do something "non-touristy" in Atlanta, we took an afternoon trip to this museum on Emory's campus. What a find! Free parking on campus in summertime was plentiful, even with construction, and admission was only $8. We visited the ancient Americas exhibit on the first floor and were so well satisfied with the collection that we never made it... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Seeing the great reviews of the museum, we decided to visit here for the afternoon. It is a small museum, but in my opinion just the right size as it finishes just before the overwhelming number of exhibits feels sickening, which I experience at many museums. Though you must pay for parking, we were told if you enter after 1pm,... More

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