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“Great tribute to an under-rated President and Nobel laureate” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Poncey-Highland)
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Ranked #21 of 327 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Carter Presidential Library and Museum re-opens October 1, 2009 as an all-new,state-of-the-art museum tracing the life and work of President Jimmy Carter, from his childhood in Plains to the work he and Mrs. Carter do around the world to promote peace and health.
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great tribute to an under-rated President and Nobel laureate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I am a long time supporter of President and Mrs. Carter and have taken quite a few people to the musuem over the years. While the grounds have always been lovely, the newly renovated musuem is a gret place to learn more about this amazing couple and the good work they have done-- before, during, and after the presidency. I have taken many out-or-town guests to the musuem and they always leave impressed at the breadth of their work. The renovations are more in depth, more hands-on, and offer more for older children and teens. The musuem shares the location with the Carter Center - the NGO founded by the Carters. Though I haven't seen them there, there are plenty of Atlantans with stories of seeing the Carters at the Center, walking the grounds, or with other famous leaders at the musuem, etc. Also, the musuem hosts lectures and book signings with some regularity (check the paper or the website).
The only down side is the public transportation link- it is not on the train route, so if coming by train, you have to transfer to the bus line.

Visited July 2011
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“Beautiful grounds and facilities. Definitely worth visiting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

The grounds are lovely, with a koi pond and other ponds, rolling green hillocks. The museum pays homage to Jimmy Carter's brief presidency and other humanitarian contributions he and his wife have made. They have a nice cafe here for a bite as well. And there is free parking, or you can walk to this site from the Martin Luther King Jr. site.

Visited June 2011
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“beautiful and interesting...even if I am a Republican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

I was so impressed with this place. It makes me want to go to Texas to see Bush's and California to see Reagan's. It so well-done and interesting. I enjoyed seeing all of the things in the museum and to see a re-creation of the Oval Office during Carter's administration. Being from the Deep South, I've been to Atlanta many times before; this is the first that I've taken the time to see it in a new way. This was a great way to spend a couple of hours!

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“Very well-done, modern and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

My husband and I visited when we were in Atlanta for a short stay in April 2010. It is outside of downtown, and we had left our car at our hotel, so we took a cab there and used the public bus for our trip back (we were definitely over-charged on the cab ride and the museum staff was extremely helpful in figuring out the bus schedule.) It was worth the trip.

It definitely seemed recently renovated and it was huge. We spent 2.5-3 hours there and the time seemed to fly. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't know a ton about Jimmy Carter, so it was fascinating to learn everything he and his wife have done throughout their lives. There was an interesting video and tons of exhibits ranging from their childhoods, to presidential campaigning to their worldwide charitable work.

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“Renovated Carter Center is a great tribute to a great man”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

I enjoyed my recent the trip to the Carter Museum. The museum has indeed been remodled so keep that in mind as you read the older reviews. I have visited other presidential libraries and this one is definitely on par. Allow a couple of hours to visit everything.

A short film explains President Carter's life as you enter. The displays then follow his life from childhood to post-presidency. They are fascinating to those unfamiliar as well as the very familiar. Even those who know about or remember Carter's presidency will find thought-provoking facts about him and our nation during that time. Regardless of your opinion of the Carter presidency, the museum reminds you that this is still a country where anything is possible. After all, who would have thought a peanut farmer from rural Georgia, a poor son of the segregated South, could be come the leader of the free world?

This was my first visit there, so I have no way of knowing just what the 2009 renovation changed. It's obvious that some of the interactive displays and video screens are new. The Oval Office display is great, and it's nice to see some real-life artifacts such as the Nobel Peace Prize and the overcoats that the Carter family wore on their famous inaugural parade route walk.

In addition to his time in the White House, there is a heavy emphasis on the Carters' post-presidential activities in human rights, free elections and mental illness care. Few can dispute that these are good and decent people that have truly devoted their lives to improving their world.

If there was a downside, it was that there were few (no?) tour guides available for questions about the facility or President Carter. In fact, the only employees I saw were the security guard in the entrance lobby and the admissions cashier in the gift shop. Niether seemed overly interested in answering questions.

On a side note, the grounds are immaculate and beautiful into themselves!

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