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Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ranked #36 of 290 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Remarkable how many Atlantans, let alone Emory students, miss this gem. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Meso-america. All brought alive through exhibitions and artifacts. Outstanding collection of sarcophaguses and mummies provide lasting impression on visitors, young and old. Kudos to Emory and the MCCM sponsors, staff and docents! Wonderful outreach to children through school visits. Anyone with an inquiring mind and interest in our origins should visit. Modest entrance fee. Rotating exhibits refresh the Museum. Worthy of a "Best in Atlanta" accolade.

Visited January 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Probably the best museum in ATL”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Little know about this, it seems, as its never busy. Tucked on the Emory University campus, this gem is filled with religious, egyptian, and roman antiquities. A great way to pass a cold weekend afternoon

Visited January 2012
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Chesterland, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“First Rate South/Central American Artifacts”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

I have been in a lot of museums but I have to say this might be one of my favorite. I little bit hard to find on the campus of Emory Univisity but once you find it there is parking close by. They did an excellent job of displaying the art of South and Central America in the years around about 800-1400 AD. This is not something that is so well detailed in other museums so actually it was something that I had not seen before. From there there was the Greek/Roman section and the Egyption Section. These areas can normally be seen in other museums on a much grander scale although I thought their mummy collection was very good.

Visited December 2011
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Decatur, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
351 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“A great gem!”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

We visited the Carlos museum with my partner's parents. Having never heard much about it, we didn't know what to expect. Now that we've been there, it's a surprise that it's not more widely touted! Amazing exhibits combined with well-versed docents make a visit to the Carlos museum a wonderfully enjoyable and enlightening time.

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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2012

This museum is a real gem. It has become a standard go-to place with out of town visitors.
Last time we were there, we saw the Old Kingdom Mummy, which was expertly prepared for display. It was a thrill to have seen a human being that walked the earth about 300 years before Christ.

Visited December 2011
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