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“Really interesting, even if you're not a history buff” 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.
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“Really interesting, even if you're not a history buff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

I visited the Museum only on a Saturday afternoon. It was not busy at all... I was often alone in a given exhibit area, and I had all the time I wanted to view the videos and use the interactive exhibits. Beware ... if you are hungry the cafe is closed on weekends, and there was nowhere on site to buy even a scrap of food (not even a candy bar in the gift shop or a snack machine). The library was also closed, but there was plenty to do in the museum. I expected to spend about 2 hours there, and I ended up staying about 3 1/2 hours.

The introductory film is a great place to start. Of course, it inflates Carter's good deeds and ignores his failures, but it provides a great overview. The exhibit hall starts with his boyhood, then takes you through his military career, his family life, and then his campaigns. Next, it walks you through the highlights of his presidency. There are plenty of personal mementos ... such as a replica of Rosalyn's wedding dress, gifts the family received from visitors during his presidency, and interesting documents. There are several good short films and multimedia presentations. One of my favorites was a multiscreen presentation that used still photos and sound to take you through an entire day of the President's schedule. It's the first time I've ever had a feel for what a President probably does on an "average" day. I also enjoyed the interactive exhibit that lets you pretend to look for information in the National Archives. Plus, I liked the full-scale reproduction of the Oval Office, as Carter had it set up during his tenure.

There's a lot for political campaign junkies, plus a lot about Rosalyn's role as first lady. After the Presidential part, there is also a large portion of the exhibit featuring the work being done by the Carter Center. I found that interesting, because it is present-day, and because I knew only bits and pieces about his projects such as Habitat for Humanity and election monitoring. There are some cool interactive exhibits in this section that allow you to pick a team of workers to assist you in organizing a humanitarian project.

Overall, kids might enjoy some of the interactive and audio-visual exhibits, but I think they'd consider the rest of it pretty dull.

Visited October 2011
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Arlington, Texas
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“this museum is well done!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We're traveling the presidential museums (only three left!) and thoroughly enjoyed this one. The current Madeleine Albright pins exhibit made it extra fun. I felt like an insider understanding how Carter held the Sadat-Begin peace talks together over 15 days. The Carter museum finally answered the question for me about how the Iranian held hostages came to be released. I came away deeply impressed with the commitment to public service that President Carter and his wife have continued in the post-presidential years, and this work is well documented in the museum. If you want President Carter to autograph up to two of his books purchased at the bookstore for you, ask for a form from the bookstore clerk and take the book(s) over to and leave them at the Carter Center. The volunteer there said it could take a month or so to receive them. She also gave us a wonderful recommendation for a bakery/cafe about 5 minutes away which had delicious food. Cafe at the museum has limited lunchtime hours.

Visited October 2011
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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“Worth a visit if you have nothing else to do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I was in Atlanta for a wedding and had some time to kill. I'm interested in presidential history so I thought I'd take in this museum. I've never been to another presidential museum, so I cannot compare, but this one was interesting. I was never a fan of Carter or his politics, including his post-presidential views, but it was interesting to learn about his life and how he came out of left field to be elected in 1976 when the country was looking for a change. Sound familiar?

Well the museum took about 20-30 minutes to breeze through. I didn't stop and stare at everything and watch every single video. I just went through, got a general idea of what was going on, and found his life story to be interesting. It was worth the $8 to kill some time.

The museum itself is located on some very nice grounds. Feel free to walk them or picnic there.

Visited October 2011
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“An interesting look into some important events”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

We really enjoyed learning more about President Carter's early life, and then reviewing the significant events of his presidency and post-presidential life and work. One gets a glimpse into the life of a president while there, in addition to the specifics of a particular president. There are beautiful gardens to wander, as well.

During our visit, there was an interesting exhibit about the Secret Service, and a wonderful traveling exhibit about Madeleine Albright and her pins.

I'm not sure it would be interesting to small children...

Visited October 2011
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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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