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“Interesting, but ready for some updates (and they are coming)”

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Ranked #20 of 295 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Carter Presidential Library and Museum re-opens October 1, 2009 as an all-new,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.
Reviewed April 7, 2009

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum is an interesting overview of Carter's presidency and the issues he dealt with in office - Iran hostages, Middle East peace, energy policy, etc. It seems like all the exhibits were developed when the museum was opened and have not been updated since then. I found the displays lit very poorly and hard to read. There are a few new displays, including the Nobel Peace Prize that Carter received in the 2000's.

NOTE: According to their website and signs at the museum, THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED FROM APRIL 27 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 for a major renovation and addition of new exhibits focusing on Carter's work since he has concluded his presidency, including his work with The Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity.

A highlight of the exhibits for me was seeing some of the gifts that Carter received from other world leaders while he was president.

Take time to walk the grounds if you have time. The ponds and flowers are well designed and beautiful.

Thank notdenise
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

This attraction really needs a massive overhaul to reflect President Carter's tireless efforts with Habitat for Humanity, his many peace missions and his novel writing. The museum is really showing its age and was very dated. Some artifacts in the cases were not put on acid free paper and are fading badly, some even have yellowed tape where they were stuck to the mounting board. Nice if you are a Carter fan but don't expect too much.

1  Thank RamblingDaze
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Reviewed May 10, 2008

I had never visited a Presidential Library before or even been in a city which was home to one. As a result, since I was in Atlanta I took advantage of a few hours to go tour the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Known for his human rights work during is presidency and after, there are several displays relating to his work in that area. Great showcase on the history of the Presidency as well as his 4 years. There is also a replica of JC's oval office on display as well as his Nobel Peace Prize. Several personal items of the former President are also on display. When I was there, they also had a wonderful photographic display on Alaska which was a limited time exhibit. Also, had a great downhome meal in the cafe located on site.

The grounds were incredibly beautiful with a view of the Atlanta skyline. Well kept, green, and numerous flowers in bloom. Very peaceful with statues, ponds and birds. Take advantage and walk the paths. Nice visit while in Atlanta.

2  Thank capsfan2002
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Reviewed April 18, 2008

Of the 4 presidential libraries that I have visited in the past 10 years, I think that the Carter Presidential Library and Museum has the most beautiful flowers and plantings. Be sure to take your camera! The inside displays are good, too. The exhibit on previous presidents was a good history lesson, and the sections on conservation and nuclear proliferation were especially striking, given today's state of affairs. The displays of campaign paraphernalia--especially the Peanut farmer posters--were fun to look at! Even the food in the cafeteria looked good!

3  Thank TexasMomTW
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Reviewed April 8, 2007

I had never visited a Presidential Library before and found this one to be very interesting. It gives a good understanding of the political process from running for president, inheriting any crisis the former president may have left, the challenges during your 4 years and then the process of trying to run for re-election while running the country. With Carter, it doesn’t end there. The museum is updated to include what he is involved with today. There is also ample information on Roselyn and her involvement with the White House. The museum is located on beautiful grounds with gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls & ponds. I got through in 2 hours while reading some exhibits and skimming others. The library was not open on the Saturday that I was there.

2  Thank Shadestn
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