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Museums, Theatres, Arts & Historical Sites

The links below are provided as a reference point for the benefit of our residents. The list is not comprehensive and the Office of Residence Life & Housing does not endorse or promote the listed businesses or institutions.



Apex Museum :: www.apexmuseum.org
The African American Panoramic Experience Museum, known as the APEX, was incorporated in 1978 as the only museum in Atlanta dedicated to sharing rich and often untold history of African Americans. Visitors to the Apex will see exhibitions that detail the contributions of African Americans.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center :: www.callanwolde.org
The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is an old treasure of Atlanta. It was a family home of the Candlers and has now been donated to the arts. The building hosts many educational and cultural events throughout the year ranging from tango lessons to art gallery openings.

Carter Presidential Library :: www.jimmycarterlibrary.org
The Carter Center Library provides tours during the day for anyone interested in the history of the President, during and after his presidency. The Library holds a number of documents and memoranda associated with Carter’s presidency. The center also hosts a number of special events throughout the year such as screenings of movies about Atlanta and fundraisers for causes with which the center is associated.

Center for Puppetry Arts :: www.puppet.org
The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts a wide variety of shows throughout the year for all ages many shows are specifically geared toward children and families. In addition to the shows the center is home to a museum of the puppetry arts and even offers classes on the making of puppets.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History :: www.fernbank.edu
Fernbank offers a number of very diverse events and activities for the community. The Museum has many permanent and temporary exhibits. It also houses an IMAX theatre that is very popular especially through its program on Friday nights for its “Martinis and IMAX” program. In addition, the museum has educational opportunities for all ages.

High Museum of Art :: www.high.org
The High Museum of Art sponsors Atlanta’s best in terms of art and culture. The High Museum has many exhibits of interest including traveling exhibits from all over the world. Visitors will be able to see works of art from all areas and time periods. There is also a college night held at least once a year where students are admitted free.

Michael C. Carlos Museum :: www.carlos.emory.edu
The Michael C. Carlos Museum has a permanent collection of some 15,000 objects including art from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The museum also has artworks dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century on display in 29 galleries. The Museum is located on the Main Quadrangle of the Emory University campus.

World of Coca-Cola :: www.woccatlanta.com
Experience the world of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. This unique experience lets you celebrate the history and sample the future of this soft drink. Visitors pass through a series of fun and fascinating exhibit galleries, and complete their experience with complimentary servings of their favorite Company soft drinks from around the world.


Theatres & Arts

Alliance Theatre Company :: www.alliancetheatre.org
The Alliance Theatre Company, the largest regional theatre in the Southeast, is a leader in producing exciting and diverse works for the stage. The Alliance has achieved critical and commercial recognition as one of the country's leading theatres. The Alliance's education and outreach programs include audience enrichment activities, an acting program for youth and adults, strong relationships with schools, and an ongoing teacher-training institute.

Arts at Emory Box Office :: www.emory.edu/ARTS
The box office has two locations: the Burlington Road Building at 1804 North Decatur Road or the Munroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center at 605 Asbury Circle. Call 404.727.5050 for hours of operation and information on parking. Tickets are available by mail, by telephone, and in person. Cash, personal checks, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted.

Atlanta Ballet Company :: www.atlantaballet.com
The South's premier ballet company brings you a dynamic season you will remember for years to come. Atlanta Ballet’s inspiration covers the spectrum - classical traditions, rock 'n roll, blues, operatic tragedies, and gothic masterpieces. It's ballet with a passionate 21st century sensibility, featuring a dazzling array of artists and groundbreaking collaborations. You will be thrilled by the power of timeless classics and provocative new concepts, as ballet is pushed to magnificent new heights.

Atlanta Opera :: www.atlantaopera.org
The Atlanta Opera strives to present opera productions of the highest standards possible while fostering education about the art form and encouraging its growth with services and programs designed to fill the needs of the community.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra :: www.atlantasymphony.org
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is one of the youngest American orchestras to achieve prominence on the global stage. Now in its 56th season, the ASO's stature was most recently affirmed when - following a two-year international search - the Orchestra announced the appointment of ROBERT SPANO as Music Director.

Fox Theater :: www.foxtheatre.org
The Fox Theater is an Atlanta landmark that has been attracting visitors since it’s opening in the 1920’s. Along with the Broadway shows that come to the Fox all throughout the year, special movie screenings also take place.

Robert Woodruff Arts Center :: www.woodruffcenter.org/wac
The Woodruff Arts Center offers its visitors a bold variety of performing and visual arts - both traditional and avant-garde. For 30 years, the Woodruff Center has set the arts standard for Atlanta and the Southeast. Today the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Alliance Theatre Company, High Museum of Art, Atlanta College of Art, 14th Street Playhouse and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.


Historical Attractions

Atlanta History Center :: www.atlhist.org
The Atlanta History Center offers many different outlets for education and fun for the whole family. Attractions include the Tullie Smith Farm and the Swan House, as well as exhibits on American Frontiers and the American Civil War. Also included are many new and traveling exhibits.

Cyclorama :: www.webguide.com/cyclorama
Home of the world's largest painting, "The Battle of Atlanta." The Cyclorama is also the home of the historic Civil War locomotive "TEXAS." Through spectacular music, art, and sound effects, history comes alive as you step back to July 22, 1864 and become part of the battle. Located in historic Grant Park, next to the Zoo Atlanta and is open daily from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

DeKalb Historical Society :: www.dekalbhistory.org
The DeKalb Historical Society is one of the largest county-based historical societies in Georgia. DHS is housed in the Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur, and this location provides space for the archives and museum. DHS also maintains a historic complex, which includes three pre-Civil War structures: the Benjamin Swanton House and two log cabins. The Society sponsors a variety of public outreach programs, such as historic tours, a summer history camp for elementary aged children, and a series of monthly public events.

Governor’s Mansion ::
Learn about the history of the Governor's Mansion from those who have lived there. The Georgia Governor's Mansion is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. It is located at 391 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305-1001. Call 404.261.1858 for more information.

Hammonds House :: www.hammondshouse.org
Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African American Art is Georgia's only independent fine art museum dedicated to presenting art by peoples of African descent.

Herndon Home :: www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/her
The Herndon Home is one of eight National Historic Landmarks in Atlanta. The home was built in 1910 for Alonzo Franklin Herndon, slave-born founder of Atlanta Life Insurance Company and Atlanta's first Black millionaire. Designed by Herndon and his wife Adrienne, and built by Black craftsmen the fully furnished and exquisitely decorated mansion tells a compelling story of African American struggle and achievement. Guided tours are conducted hourly from 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Kennesaw Mtn. National Battlefield Park :: www.nps.gov/kemo
Kennesaw Mountain offers a wide variety of history and other activities. This battlefield is home to several monuments of the Civil War as well as having a number of recreational and educational activities for all ages.

Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site :: www.nps.gov/malu
“Capture the dream.” Visit the national park in Atlanta that memorializes America’s most revered Civil Rights Leader. Tour the birthplace and childhood home of Dr. King, view exhibits of the Civil Rights struggle, reflect at the gravesite of Dr. King, and more. All attractions are free.

Wren’s Nest ::
The Wren’s Nest is the19th-century farmhouse, that once belonged to Joel Chandler Harris, the author of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox. Located at 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.