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Michael C. Carlos Museum

571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4282
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Ranked #10 of 191 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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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a small but perfectly formed museum, put together with care and intellectual efficiency. It's range of exhibits is small but wide ranging within the subjects covered. The ambiance and architecture are perfect, the atmosphere on the Emory campus is traditional and enjoyable to walk into. The facet I like most is the way they light the exhibits, beautifully!... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Architectural layout designs of classical Mediterranean civilizations. Fine African art and craft products. Quality book and gift shop on private (Emory) university campus. Trained country club docents.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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125 reviews 125 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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3 attraction reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
55 helpful votes 55 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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6 reviews 6 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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