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“Great archaeology museum”

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ranked #36 of 292 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.
Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is NOT a natural history museum, it is an archaelogical museum and is fascinating. Excellent collection of Egyptian art and artifacts, African art and other ancient cultures. My grandchildren loved the mummies.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I recently was hired to entertain and emcee a wedding reception at this venue, I love it!

It great for a small audience, 75 - 150 comfortably and a DJ.

It's in a great part of town, connected to Emory campus, and is very elegant and classy leaving the exhibit open during cocktail hour for guests to browse....very swanky.

I love it, if you have a small reception, I would definitely use it and give me a call if you need a DJ!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you want to get your kids involved in art history or ancient cultures, this is the place to go in Atlanta. The mummies, artifacts and masks are wonderful, if not exactly the finest of their kind. The exhibits are intelligently displayed in effective spaces that encourage intimate viewing. On the other hand, most of the antiquities are not prime examples, some even second rate. They seem to be the result of the avid collecting of a few local art lovers who amassed a considerable amount of archeological material. Nonetheless, the Emory is worth a look, even for the jaded, for the few wonderful pieces on hand.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Finding this museum is not easy, parking not fun, and having to pay for it even less so. But once you get there is great. I suggest you go this summer when kids under 18 get in for free and adults are only $6 - this will help off set the parking fee and the extra gas you used driving around to find the place.

Wish we had got there in time to go to the café as the menu looked good and prices reasonable.

This was the perfect place to bring my 7 year old to see real mummy's because it was free and there was more than one mummy to see - also a kitten mummy, a falcon mummy, a crocodile mummy etc..

The Roman/Greece area was also very interesting. I liked how close you were able to get to the exhibits - it really added to the experience. Same with the African and Asian sections. Did not have time to do the American section.

This is not a place that younger children would enjoy too much (other than the mummy's) but for free you cannot beat it. It is interesting - but not hands own and you need to be able to read or stand still for someone to explain to you what you are seeing and why it is important. Teenagers and adults should find it very interesting.

Will go back without the kids and spend more time and take a real tour. For adults this would be a great date as you could stroll the grounds of Emory afterwards and also have a bite outside on the balcony at the café. Plan to take my husband back and do this.

Some are saying it is a small museum - and it is in size but in amount of items exhibited not really. Instead of having 4 statues in four different rooms, and then an altar in another room, and the tile floor in yet another room - they just have everything in one area. So you are really seeing as much as you might in a larger space, it is just not spread out everywhere.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I LOVE the kids program they do. Nina, the Education Manager, is very knowledgeable and is always well organized. She does a sort of storytime for the children and then has an art project for them. The exibits are nice and Emory University is first class. Be prepared to take a short walk to get to the museum from the parking deck. There is no direct parking in front of the museum. Also be prepred to check your oversized bags at the front desk.

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