The collection strengths of the Carlos Museum include Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern, and Ancient America. The collections are displayed well for easy viewing. Informational signage about the collections is quite good. The Carlos has a long history of working closely with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. In fact, the museum might be best known for identifying an anonymous mummy as being that of Ramesses I and then returning the body to Egypt in 2003. The museum still houses other mummies in its collections.
In the early 1990s, the museum expanded and the addition was designed by famed architect Michael Graves.
There is an excellent little bookstore/giftshop at the museum. I sometimes just go shopping at the bookstore. Also, there is a small restaurant on the top floor.
The flow through the museum is not obvious. Even with a map in hand, I have difficulty finding my way around.
The Carlos Museum is located in the heart of the Emory University campus. It's a beautiful campus, but, like many college campuses, parking can be extremely difficult, especially in the middle of the day. I recommend visiting the museum on the weekends or during times when the university is not in session.
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