Michael C. Carlos Museum

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Michael C. Carlos Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.
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1-2 hours
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Maria G
Dunwoody, GA1,196 contributions
A real treat
Jan 2020 • Friends
Whenever I am around Emory add an event I always go to the Carlos Museum. I loved the Hindu culture exhibit. I also love the gift shop. It’s reasonably priced and has a very unique items of jewelry based on their collections. Everyone is very friendly. Don’t miss the mummies.
Written February 10, 2020
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Eva
Gainesville, GA11 contributions
Small museum filled with great pieces of artifacts
Dec 2019 • Family
We had a wonderful time here looking at the mummies and artifacts. Small museum but mighty. Check out the little dog mummy they have.
We went on a Sunday, so parking was free. Emory has a visitor parking deck that is just a short walk from the museum.
Written December 9, 2019
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JFoxgp
Arlington, VA20 contributions
Terrific Collection!
Nov 2019 • Couples
Interesting and very well curated collection of ancient art and artifacts. Easy to look very closely at displays. This is particularly welcome for their exceptional mummy collection.
Written November 18, 2019
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Jody E
Dacula, GA90 contributions
Nice range of exhibits
Nov 2019
Admission was a reasonable $8 with free parking on Saturday! We enjoyed the museum as it has a nice variety of exhibits covering South America, Central America,Africa, Rome, Greece and Egypt. Our favorite was the Egyptian area-the mummies and their coffins were fascinating.
Written November 16, 2019
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Kenneth R
3 contributions
The best archaeological museum in the SE
Mar 2019
Which is not saying much. But yes, an excellent small museum with excellent pieces, at Emory University.
Written August 26, 2019
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Christina H
Marietta, GA172 contributions
Summer culture
Jun 2019 • Friends
We decided to put culture in our summer day!
This place is at Emory University. Pay for parking. They give senior and other discounts to the $8 entrance fee. Small and nice museum with a few replicas (stated when it is) and originals. Come for the mummies, stay for all of the other things. We’re even surprised by the African Art section!
You can even take pictures!
Written June 26, 2019
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LEA
San Antonio, TX224 contributions
Mummies
Jun 2019 • Couples
This museum is at Emory University. Pleasantly surprised with the amount of artifacts. The Egyptian mummies were very interesting. I was surprised to see actual animals mummified. There were numerous bead necklaces and gold rings/earrings.
Written June 14, 2019
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Kirk C
Atlanta, GA32 contributions
A hidden gem.
Jun 2019 • Family
When looking for a family outing, especially with older kids, this wonderful museum should not be overlooked! There are tons of in-depth exhibits that are curated nicely which gives you a great look at the historical art and culture from around the world. A highlight, of course, is the Ancient Egypt exhibit!

The museum seems small, but can easily fill an afternoon, making it well worth the small admission fee. In fact, the price is so low that if you don’t get to it all, a return visit won’t cost you that much.

Definitely worth the short drive to Emory. You should check it out.
Written June 8, 2019
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garygDC
DC93 contributions
what a surprise
May 2019 • Family
I think this museum is probably little known, but it deserves a wider following. Compact but with excellent specimens from thousands of years of cultures all around the world. Excellent. Very highly recommended. Parking available. Suburban environment.
Written June 8, 2019
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Wren
Aiken, South Carolina, USA4 contributions
Amazing! Hidden Gem in Atlanta
Apr 2019 • Family
We are real museum buffs, and love history so we knew the Michael C. Carlos was a must-see when we were in Atlanta for the State Spelling Bee.

When we arrived, and mentioned we'd come on Marta we received a 20% discount on entry for taking public transportation on top of the already very reasonable cost compared to other Atlanta destinations.

The museum is on the lovely Emory campus, and if you're taking public transportation, you'll need to take the bus, as the trains don't get close enough. It's a small museum, but the wealth of artifacts was amazing and mind-blowing. We will definitely return, as we all felt overloaded by the time we reached the Middle Eastern artifacts, a little more than mid-way through the museum.

We went on a weekend, and didn't find the museum to be too crowded which was also a pleasant surprise. The layout is nice, the displays artfully composed, with cultures from every corner of the world represented. The descriptions of the artifacts clearly convey the love of history and art and humanity that went into the formation of this awesome collection, and you leave feeling enriched and in awe of the humanity's capacity for beauty.

The final exhibit was a temporary one on the second level, entitled "Do or Die" by Emory alum Fahamu Pecou. We knew nothing about it before our visit and spent a fair amount of time with it, and watched the video. It was a thought-provoking experience, and the depth of feeling I left with was profound and unexpected. I often find my mind returning to the images and words. In truth, I found it more moving than most of the exhibits at the High Museum of Art, which we had visited the day prior. It served as a punctuation for the entire experience of the museum.

And if that weren't enough, the tiny gift shop was chock full of really amazing books on art, history, and more for adults, teens and kids. If there's anything we like a museum, it's a book store, and this one had somehow packed all the best books into the smallest space. Because the space was so small it was fairly crowded, but worth the trouble. We struggled to pare our purchases down to a couple books per person.

There is also a small cafe upstairs where we got a decent cappuccino and a snack for the kids. Very peaceful and low key.

For me, this experience rated up with the Smithsonian Museums of DC if not in scale, in pure joy earning my highest recommendation of places to see in Atlanta.
Written May 7, 2019
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Michael C. Carlos Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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