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“A classic gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
800 Cherokee Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 (Grant Park)
404 658 7625
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Ranked #26 of 143 Attractions in Atlanta
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: In the 1880s, before there were epic motion pictures, there were Cycloramas. This 42-foot-high cylindrical oil painting depicts the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. Viewed from a 360-degree rotating platform, the vivid details of this historic Civil War battle are now restored and enhanced with music, narration and sound effects. Accompanying the Cyclorama is the Civil War Museum, highlighted by a steam locomotive from 1862.
Rome, Georgia
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“A classic gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a rare exhibit in the USA. Yes, its a bit tired. But its VERY old! And very worth the trip. The museum is dedicated to the Battle of Atlanta. The speaker was very informative and entertaining. As you sit in the cyclorama, look for Clark Gable. And .... as yourself. How high are those figures? The speaker should tell you how high the soldiers are, and if they are all the same size. I will not tell. That will give away the surprise! If the speaker fails to tell the sizes, ask. They have a question / answer session after the cyclorama show.
The "Texas" of the Great Locomotive Chase is here (Andrew's Raid). It's other engine in the race, "The General", is down in a museum in Kennesaw. Did you know the triangle thing in the front of the train is a 'cow plow' to remove cows from the train tracks?
http://atlantacyclorama.org/index.php

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was brilliant for our history mad boys!! The whole experience was very different and engaging. The gentlemen that introduced and explained the painting were very knowledgeable and entertaining. A must see in Atlanta!

Visited July 2013
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Curacao
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“Worth spending time there, history comes alive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

After 30 years we visited the Cyclorama museum. It was a beautiful experience. The building is nice and modern. Above all is the interesting history told by a guide who is studying history at the University. Fabulous and very impressive. History indeed comes alive.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta
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“A wealth of Civil War history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a gem that is unfortunately often overlooked. It is in Grant Park adjacent to Zoo Atlanta. However many visitors simply walk past it not realizing what it is. Upon entering, you will see the steam locomotive Texas, which played a key role in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 (also known as Andrews' Raid). There is a 14 minute film about the Battle of Atlanta that prepares you for the actual cyclorama that includes a painting and diorama. The painting that depicts the Battle of Atlanta is the world's largest oil painting, painted in 1885-86 by artists from Germany. The three-dimensional foreground, called a diorama, was added in 1936, bringing a depth of 30 feet to the display and creating such a life like scene. It is easy to get lost in the triumphs and tragedies of the day. Recently I also went to one of the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at the Cyclorama. The final two were 1) The Jewish experience of the Civil War and 2) Women and the American Civil War. My only regret was that I did not know about the seris sooner and therefore missed the first six. Sadly this gem is in dire need of some TLC. And truth be told, a relocation would probably serve it and the interested public well.

Visited August 2013
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Harwich, Massachusetts, Usa
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“Great history lesson, but getting tired”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is definitely still the best Civil War experience in Atlanta. It explains the battle well but a little superficially since it is time boxed into the rotation of the audience. After seeing the wonderful restoration of the Gettysburg cyclorama, this is showing its age and is due for another restoration. The colors are very dull and the lighting poor. The whole presentation is now outdated. The speaker at the end filled in some of the missing pieces and answered questions, but was a bit long winded.
For what you get it is too expensive.

Visited August 2013
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