Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

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Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
4.5
Libraries • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:45 PM
About
The Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a 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. The Museum sits in a beautifully landscaped 35 acre park with two small lakes, a Japanese garden and a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline. The whole family will enjoy visiting. Open every day expect Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Aastha M
4 contributions
Jimmy Carter
May 2021
Today I did Jimmy Carter in Ms. Moore's Class for Content. Today I am happy that I'm in the green zone.
Written May 6, 2021
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Jenny201110
Belleville, IL468 contributions
Getting to know this great man
Oct 2019
The Carter Presidential Library and Museum is the place to know President Jimmy Carter’s life. I was very interested to learn everything from his childhood from his presidency, and all his humanitarian work post presidency. We need our leader like President Carter who promote peace and health in the world. The Museum ground is beautiful, peaceful, has city skyline in the background. Lunch in the museum had the comfort and simplicity for whole family.
Written May 17, 2020
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mattruane
Melbourne, FL162 contributions
A better human being that I had imagined
Mar 2020
I went to the museum after arriving early on a flight to Atlanta. It was a rainy day, but the museum staff were helpful. The introductory film helped to put the museum in context. I'm old enough to have remembered the Carter administration as a youngster, and as a college professor teaching US history I often focus on the disfunction of the late 1970s, I came to have a better appreciation of the genuine decency of Jimmy Carter, especially after his presidency. The museum helped me rethink my lecture on the Carter administration, but also to bring up the role of past presidents in the 21st century.
Written March 16, 2020
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Bill P
Atlanta, GA278 contributions
Tribute to an Honest Humanitarian
Jan 2020
Carter left the office of President, but never left the people. While other former presidents take the lecture circuit, he took a hammer and built homes. He definitely earned his Nobel Peace Prize, which is displayed here. His wife of 70+ years was his constant companion. His life from his humble beginnings to his life today is well chronicled in this well designed museum
Written March 16, 2020
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brianh747
61 contributions
Great Humanitarians' Museum
Apr 2019
Even though this is a presendential library, it is a tribute to both President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. This is the epitome of what a team is suppose to be about. How often does one get to visit a presidential museum? So tae advantage of how close this is to downtown ATL. It has been recently updated, so enjoy yourself.
Written March 15, 2020
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Kitman
Oxnard, CA612 contributions
History Stop - March 2020
Mar 2020 • Friends
By pure luck we were driving by and saw this place. I've been to a couple other presidential libraries before so I couldn't pass up going into this one.

This library is co-located with the Carter Center. So there is plenty of parking. There's a small fee to enter and from what I could tell, I believe the facility is ADA compliant.

There is lots of history and information about President Carter from his humble beginnings thru his later years. Unfortunately, part of the library was closed on the day we were visiting...for remodeling I think. There's a short video to begin your self guided tour. There are also several other video monitors throughout the library. Bring your glasses as there are numerous documents and displays throughout the library.

Now I think the other two libraries (Kennedy & Reagan) that I visited were better...but that's just my opinion. You might find this one better. If you're looking to kill some time or love this kind of history, this would be a good choice for you.
Written March 13, 2020
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yvrguy2016
West Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
Excellent - Lots of Detail
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is my third Presidential museum. I was impressed by the level of detail in the exhibits: numerous examples of handwritten notes and speech mark-ups in Carter's own handwriting. Lots of family and personal artifacts and effects from his early life. The campaign of '76 was particularly fulsome in displaying items and video that helped convey the awesome task of coming from essentially nowhere to win the Primary.

The museum has a great emphasis on the ideas promulgated by Carter and consequently this is an intellectually engaging experience even if one doesn't always agree with the underlying philosophies espoused. The most moving part for me was the Camp David accords - an inspiring accomplishment. I appreciated the large scale photo blow ups throughout.

Some disappointments: the lack of a presidential limousine, the noise level of competing videos in the area around the Oval Office (I strained to focus on Carter's monologue about his experiences working there), comparatively limited information about the Iran hostages (this essentially occupied Carter's final year and many believe contributed to his failure to be re-elected), a lack of info about Billy Carter and Miss Lillian (both larger than life figures during Carter's Presidency and thus deserving of their own small exhibits) and a total oversight of the far-reaching effects of Carter's decision to deregulate trucking and air fares - thus allowing today's boom in discount airlines and the rise of Walmart and, more recently, Amazon. Was also surprised to see a lack of emphasis on the Carters' signature post-Presidential accomplishment: the eradication of the guinea worm in sub-Saharran Africa. The museum is not a place to locate much criticism of Carter - but then, neither are the other Presidential museums.

The grounds are quite nice and the museum is beautifully designed. The historic Inman Park neighbourhood, while a contrast to the modern architecture of the Museum, was great for touring on foot afterwards - very quiet and relaxing and ideal for contemplating the many ideas presented in the museum. The adjoining Carter Center was active during my visit with a speaker and audience and that made for the comforting thought that this wasn't just a sterile shrine but rather a continuation of Carter's principles of service.

This museum is suitable for all ages. Those who want to relive the uniquely tumultuous times of the late 1970s and early 1980s will be very much at home here regardless of political affiliation.
Written March 8, 2020
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WilliamH
Watkinsville, GA83 contributions
Great Historical Retrospective!
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a very simple and modern Presidential Library. It is laid out in a well organized manner. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Worth a few hours!
Written March 3, 2020
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rgayle60
United States21 contributions
A fitting tribute to a true servant
Feb 2020
I enjoyed this immensely. I have great admiration for Jimmy Carter. It was interesting to relive history.
Written February 25, 2020
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Samantha1945
Marietta, GA39 contributions
A Special Tribute to a great Southern Gentleman
May 2019
The exhibit is well laid out. The exhibit presents the life and times of Jimmy Carter in a non-biased
manner
Written February 23, 2020
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