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“A gem of a museum hidden away on a college campus”

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ranked #36 of 290 things to do in Atlanta
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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 6 Contributor
144 reviews
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“A gem of a museum hidden away on a college campus”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

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.

Visited December 2011
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Atlanta, GA
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“Gem of a museum”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

The Carlos Museum is like a little British Museum. Mummies and Roman artifacts. Nothing as grandiose as the Elgin Marbles, but it doesn't disappoint either. The displays are spell-binding. If you need a fix of ancient relics, come here!

Visited December 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“ATLANTA GEM”
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
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“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
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“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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